Sunday, June 14, 2020
TKC MUST READ!!! SUPER DAVE FACT CHECK: JOHNSON COUNTY NAMED AFTER SLAVE OWNER BUT LOCAL 'WOKE' OUTRAGE PROVES HIGHLY SELECTIVE!!!
A favorite from the comments and friend of the blog shares insight, perspective and info on the current global fight over street names, landmarks, and history amid racially charged protests across the world.
Super Dave Considers Legacy Of Johnson County Amid War Over American History
Johnson County Kansas by some is the richest county in the state of Kansas and, home to Mission Hills and what some call the Golden Ghetto AKA Prairie Village, Overland Park Blue Valley and so forth. Recently a number of the good citizens of the Metro Kansas City area are all pushing to rename landmarks named after developer Jesse Clyde "J. C." Nichols. As some know and some might not, but Mr. Nichols was born and raised in Olathe Kansas on a farm where he grew up not at all being silver spoon fed but later became a very successful developer through his hard work and visions. I’ll go on record here and say that while Mr. Nichols is being labeled a racist, there’s one thing you can say about him and that is he never owned any slaves.
What I find it very interesting, is how a number of people while holding onto their lily white roots of Johnson County Kansas bragging about living in Johnson County, live in a county that was named after a person who indeed was in fact a slave owner.
Yes, Johnson County is named after the Rev. Thomas Johnson. Rev. Johnson who was a member of the Methodist Church was appointed to locate in the eastern part of the state of Kansas in the early 1830s. So the Rev. Johnson packed up his belongings and his slaves and move to what is now known as Turner, Kansas before relocating in what is now known as the Shawnee Indian Mission. There is documentation of Rev. Johnson buying slaves up until 1856. While the details are sketchy it’s probably safe to say portions of the Shawnee Indian Mission could have been built with slave labor.
It's interesting how certain parts of history are acceptable and, for whatever reason, other parts of history become totally unacceptable.
Will we see a protest next for the demand of the Shawnee Indian Mission to be torn down and removed and a demand placed on the Johnson County Commissioners to change the name of the county that was named after a bona fide slave owner?
How about we just leave history alone, leave Mr. Nichols name alone and get on with what’s really important in life and not the names of statues and streets that have no impact whatsoever on the current social behaviors of today. Mayors of our towns and the government of our counties need to focus on today and tomorrow and get off this idiotic campaign of trying to turn the past into something it isn’t . . . Twisting (history) just to meet the satisfaction of a couple hundred people.
As Morgan Freeman has said, “The way to get rid of racism was to “stop talking about it. As long as you feel like a victim, you are one. If you wake up and the snow is knee-deep outside, you are not filled with rage. It’s just something that you’ve got to cope with. If you’re living in a situation it’s the only situation that you know, and you’ve got to deal with it.”
Morgan Freeman is one cool ass dude.
You decide . . .