Can there be such a thing as white self-erasure?
Boulder, Colorado has plenty of city parks with boring names. Foothills Community Park, Bluff Park, and Pineview Park come to mind. So when the Boulder Human Relations Commission — itself a caricature of Boulder’s PC culture — decided to rename Columbus Day as “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” and, as part of the exercise, to rename a park in honor of the area’s long-ago majority, there is a clear intent when the place whose name is selected to be stricken from memory is Settler’s Park.
As CBS4 Denver notes, “Settler’s Park was named because it was thought to be the location of the first permanent camp of American settlers in the Boulder area.” Well, there aren’t any white people left in Boulder so why celebrate the first whites to get here, right?