Property owners and voters massively rejected a measure that would change the name of the town because the former mayor was a member of the Ku Klux Klan.
Democrats were the founders of the KKK and have a long and substantial history with the hate group, but are apparently trying to erase those facts from our culture.
The Denver Post reported on the vote and the slap to politically correct religious fanatics:
More than 65% of voters wanted to keep the name Stapleton while almost 35% recommended change, according to results released Monday by an accounting firm. Voting ended July 15.
The vote was taken on behalf of the Stapleton Master Community Association, which is responsible for operating Stapleton’s special districts, and the change would have affected legal documents for the community established in 2002.
The parameters for the referendum were set in conjunction with the advocacy group Rename St*apleton For All.
The community is named for former Denver Mayor Benjamin Stapleton who served as mayor from 1923 to 1931 and 1935 to 1947 was a member of the KKK and appointed KKK members, including the police chief, according to a Facebook post by former Mayor Wellington Webb.
“In 2019, we cannot diminish the impact of the KKK or disregard the history. In today’s society, we have to take a stand and where we stand,” Webb wrote on Facebook last week. He said even if the vote is to keep the name, the issue won’t be going away, though he hoped residents would do as residents of Swastika Acres, a Cherry Hills subdivision, did in April.
Rename St*apleton For All said in a statement that the group was disappointed and saddened by the results but that its members were not surprised.
“That said, we are grateful to those in our community who did reach out to their neighbors and had patient, honest, and brave conversations about whether our community name should continue to honor a Klansman,” the group wrote on Facebook.
It urged for continuing to build on the effort.
“The outcome of this vote and a recent incident of racist graffiti in one of our parks point to a real need within the community and in Denver at large to educate ourselves about the times of Mayor Stapleton, the role of the KKK in Colorado politics, and the legacy that communities of color and difference in our city still live under today,” the group wrote.
The original campus of the Denver School of Science and Technology changed its name in May to separate itself from the KKK ties. A similar effort to change the name of neighborhood organization Stapleton United Neighbors failed last year, according to Denverite.
Many others agree that this vote demonstrates the sickening disgust that average Americans have with politically correct erasure of history.