Portland Schools Dropping ‘Lynch’ from Names Because that’s Racist

Talk about an overreaction!

The Washington Free Beacon is reporting on one of the most ridiculous stories you’ll hear about this week.

Centennial School District in Portland, Oregon, has decided to be very careful with racist terminology and has decided to remove the name Lynch from any schools named after the family, lest anyone get the wrong idea.

Lynch Meadows, Lynch Wood, and Lynch View are all elementary schools named after a prominent family in the area that donated land for the schools a century ago. There is zero evidence of racism linked to the family, nor did they ever kill any black people, but Superintendent Paul Coakley isn’t taking any chances. Plus, the district has actually received complaints.

"There were an increasing amount of questions and some complaints from families of color around the name,” Coakley said.

As the Beacon noted, the school district was 84% white 10 years ago, but is now over half non-white students. Coakley said the “word’s racial connotations” has become “a disruption for some students.”

Who knew having a last name automatically makes you racist. This is progressive academia for you.

Sorry, Loretta Lynch, no schools named after you!

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