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Newsweek Publishes Erroneous Article on Push to Change Name of Austin, Texas
One of the latest trends among the left is trying to cleanse the more "problematic" parts of American history. Particularly the Civil War/War Between the States/War of Northern Aggression/whatever you feel like calling it. Which is why anything having to do with the Confederacy, from war monuments to cars from television shows, is outtie-5000.
Hopping on that bandwagon, Newsweek reported on the left's push to rename Austin, Texas. Declaring the city's namesake to be a "Confederate leader." There's just one teeny little problem with that:
Newsweek reported Sunday on a potential move by Austin, Texas, to distance itself from its namesake Stephen F. Austin, erroneously referring to him as a "former Confederate leader."
Austin died of pneumonia in 1836, roughly a quarter-century before the founding of the Confederate States of America and the outbreak of the Civil War.
"The city of Austin, Texas has suggested in a preliminary report, that highlighted historical connections to a former Confederate leader, Stephen F. Austin, otherwise known as the "Father of Texas", that it might consider changing its name," Newsweek‘s Janice Williams wrote.
Williams added Austin "founded the city in 1839;" this, too, is incorrect. The city was founded that year and named in honor of Austin, who had died three years earlier.
Yes, the guy who died decades before the Confederacy was ever a thing was a "Confederate Leader." There's only one thing you can say after reading something so erroneous:
Newsweek saw fit to make comment on a historical figure without bothering to actually read the history surrounding him. I imagine the writer's thought process went something like this. "This guy is from the history times. He lived in the south. The south is where all the racists are. Therefore, he must be a Confederate." Modern journalism, folks.
Next, they'll be telling us of Austin's beef with Vince McMahon. Washington's triumph at Gettysburg. That time the Germans caught us with our pants down at Pearl Harbor.
The left expects us to "have a conversation" about history, yet they can't even get their facts straight. Just pathetic.
Speaking of history: