Tear ’em down? Dallas City Council to vote on moving City or renaming it

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Dallas City Council mulling changing the name of the city which was named after a Confederate soldier who served in the CSA in this same city. The city’s John Neely Bryan cabin could be sold off to the highest bidder or moved to Fort Worth.

Or, maybe not.

The Dallas City Council’s agenda for Wednesday suggests the former option — a departure from a gentler set of recommendations that city staff briefed to the council last month. But Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway said the item “still needs dissecting and reviewing” and is “probably going to change between now and the time we vote.”

He added that he didn’t want the vote to be “a knee-jerk reaction.”

Caraway and two other black council members — Casey Thomas and Tennell Atkins — have spent hours discussing how to proceed on the divisive issue. And it’s not clear what the rest of their council colleagues will support, especially after the mishmash of opinions they expressed last month.

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John Neely Bryan Cabin at 600 Elm Street

Even if the council votes to change the city’s name and take down the John Neely Bryan cabin, the city would have another step: obtaining a certificate of demolition from the Landmark Commission.

The council agenda item also features several other provisions: the commemoration of the Hall of Negro Life; a new “proper memorial” of the 1910 mob lynching of Allen Brooks at the corner of Akard and Main streets downtown; and the creation of a working group to determine how to best add historical context to symbols of the Confederacy at Fair Park.


The above is a satire using text from a Dallas Morning News story with my own edits.

If anybody tries to penetrate the past with the knife of the present will always act in vain. The past is invulnerable. Such attempts can only cause the present or the future to bleed.” – Author Simon Schwartz

The past is invulnerable. Historical revisionism serves only to distort the future. For this reason, Germany and Poland preserve Nazi death camps. In Germany, Holocaust denial is unlawful. Why? Germany’s leaders do not want a repeat of history.

Through the blatant and ill-informed revision of Dallas history, black leaders threaten the future of this important Texas city.

Read: When Dallas Was the Most Racist City in America, D Magazine, June 2017

What is the nexus of John Neely Bryan and the Ku Klux Klan? Those people were all, as in 100%, DEMOCRATS. Do black Dallas leaders truly want to revise history? Truth liberates us.

…you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” – Words of Jesus Christ, John 8:32 NKJV

When we allow people to revise our history we open the door to control of our destiny.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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