Offensive place names remain in rural areas across the U.S.

10/5/2011 | Washington Post, The · Slate · Beaumont Enterprise (Texas), The

A Texas hunting camp leased by presidential candidate Rick Perry that was known by a racially charged name is not the only such spot across the country. The U.S. Board on Geographic Names decades ago made two pushes to eliminate offensive names -- first attempting to stamp out the use of a slur against black people and then a derogatory word for Japanese people -- but these and other racial terms remain on some maps. "In remote rural areas, where most of these places are, the map updating has been very slow. The names still exist in databases, in little known places and in people's memories," said Syracuse University geographer Mark Monmonier.

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