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State board considers renaming places with offensive names

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Story courtesy of Mark Roper, KSFY, Sioux Falls.

Sculptor Porter Williams works to preserve African American history and says the word Negro is part of that history.
 
"I've talked to a lot of black people about this name change thing they just do not find the word Negro offensive," said Williams
 
South Dakota's Board of Geographic names may remove the word Negro from places around the state and is looking for public input but if Williams believes most black people don't find the word Negro offensive what do others think?
 
"To me I don't find it offensive but I guess I'm not a person of color either."
 
"I wouldn't change nothing. They're changing too many things as it is, with Indian names or whatever it is they're offensive to some people I guess but not to me."
 
And while some may not consider Negro offensive the original names of some places may be.
 
"If those places were named Negro leave it alone but its not named Negro, everybody knows what that word is. If you go back and look it's not Negro it's the N word,"said Williams.
 
Williams would like the board of geographic names to take a look at the demographics of the state before making it's decision.
 
"I would like the board to come to Sioux falls seeing how we are the largest population in the state of South Dakota and meet with us. And we can have a discussion on what to name something then," said Williams.
 

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