MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minneapolis Park Board recently received an opinion from its attorney stating that the Minneapolis Park Board does not have the authority to rename Lake Calhoun.

The renaming of lakes, rivers and other bodies of water falls under the jurisdiction of the Minnesota Commissioner of Natural Resources. But the Park Board’s attorney believes that the Commissioner is powerless to rename any lakes that have held a name for more than 40 years — per state statute — as Lake Calhoun has.

A Minneapolis resident, John Winters, researched John Caldwell Calhoun, who the Minneapolis lake is named after. He found Calhoun held every major post in national government except the President, but intensely defended slavery.

For the foreseeable future, however, it looks like Lake Calhoun will keep its name.

Comments (19)
  1. Victim Du Jour says:

    Calhoun is among the people who started the Democratic Party.

    Most Democrats in US history have had racist platforms, including FDR and Truman.

    Switching the name to another famous Democrat won’t change democrats racist history.

    1. Tom Willard says:

      Yipeee…haven’t heard from world famous forum troll Victim Du TWIT is a while!! Welcome back. Your moronic views have been missed.

      1. Tom says:

        Victim Du Jour, you are correct. Mr. Willard unfortunately provides us with the typical response from a liberal democrat. Unable to defend himself with facts, he calls you a Twit. So sad. And the guy that wants to rename Lake Calhoun, good luck.

  2. Todd W. Olson says:

    Truman desegregated the military you bone-head. Do you ever think before you write this nonsense?

    1. Victim Du Jour says:

      You can watch Dr King responding to racist statements made by Former President Truman on “Meet the Press”

      Truman had a Ku Klux Klan Membership too!

  3. Victim DB says:

    I make up stories to suit my needs and then pass them along as facts because mommy and daddy never gave me a hug when I was a child. Now I just cry myself to sleep every night and wish I would wake up in never never land.
    The moon is falling and we are all under water, nobody but me understands this because the Martians told me so. I will go now and take my rightful place as the king of the spider monkeys.
    This is kind of fun, I see why you make things up all the time. My comments here have just as much of a factual base as yours do.

  4. StupidUserName says:

    Victim Du Troll is winning at trolling…

  5. Brian says:

    Umm, Victim Du Jour, FDR was EXTREMELY AGAINST RACISM. He was all about protecting the common man and ensuring equal treatment for all. He called for social safety net programs and insisted that we help the poorest of the poor and not treat minorities different than anyone else. In fact, I was at the FDR memorial on Monday and read some of his most famous words for myself. It was moving how ahead of his time he was in terms of both his pro-country and pro-equality stances.

    He firmly believed that we live as one and we die as one — and that you’re not American if you don’t believe that. If only people in power still felt like this today (and lived it too!)

    Simply put, you haven’t taken the time to research the truth.

    1. Victim Du Jour says:

      FDR appointed an open Ku Klux Klan member to the US Supreme Court, he is also quoted in the press saying he will never be seen in a photo with a black person.

      FDR’s Agriculture policies caused the starvation of many black farmers.

  6. Brian says:

    If you’re referring to Hugo Black: First, FDR and the full Senate (who confirmed Black after debate – departing from usual practice) was unaware of his KKK involvement. Second, Hugo Black became a staunch Civil Rights supporter after he was appointed to the bench. In fact, he became a major supporter of southern desegregation.

    Also, I’ve never read anything factual about FDR’s agriculture policies causing starvation of black people. He actually went out of his way to help bring equality to minorities with the New Deal.

    1. Get a clue says:

      The New Deal. The first brick laid in the road to the welfare state.

  7. SikOfCards says:

    How bout we drop this WELL dead issue on slavery? It’s a card played WAY to much for WAY to long! Or are we just gonna keep it going until then end of time? Grow up people! Move on!

  8. MarkEMark says:

    I think that we have to much going on all ready in Minnesota to worry about what the name of a lake is being called. Lets just stop wasting our time and tax dollars on this!

  9. captainobvious says:

    Wow didnt realize FDR was such an awesome person, i love rasicts how can you fault a person for hating unevolved criminals.

  10. Dave P says:

    You can’t change history so why try. Revisionists need to leave things as they are, you can’t change the past and should not attempt to.

    1. tom says:

      just another name for a liberal

  11. Mark Binder says:

    Get back to the main issue, changing a name because something in history upsets you is stupid. We should remember history so we don’t repeat it but should not try to change it. If Mr. Winters had not brought this up I would bet that 99% of Minnesotans would never have even known who the lake was named for or what he did

  12. tom says:

    Do what does he want to change it to Lake Obama, leave the name alone, why change something that has been named for someone because he was for slavery, doesn’t make sense, it is all a part of history, learn from it.

  13. PJ says:

    I believe Mark is correct. While Calhoun may have been one of slavery’s most vocal spokesman, we cannot deal with our past by erasing our history. It is also absurd to assert that racism has been the province of any one political party or region. The northern abolitionists may have detested slavery, but they had no love for the blacks. Lincoln the Great Emancipator initially believed that they would have to be shipped back to Africa or an island in the Gulf. The true test of a president is if he does his duty. Eisenhower was against desegregation, but sent the troops to uphold the law.

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