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What’s With The Racist Names Of So Many American Places? | Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj | Netflix

Hey, what’s up guys? It’s Hasan Minhaj. You know, back in October, we did an episode about Saudi Arabia. And we found out some
U.S. military training manuals aren’t exactly up to date. If you are sent on a training
mission in Saudi Arabia, this is the official
military document you get. It describes the Saudi people as “indigenous tribes… with some later mixture of Negro blood from slaves imported from Africa.” Thankfully, the U.S. government
changed this on their official documents. But, when you Google the term “negro blood,” one of the first things that pops up is an article about me, which is not a good look. So it got me thinking, are there any other documents with racially offensive words in them? And it turns out it’s not just documents. There are actually places all over
America with racially offensive names. One mountain is drawing the
attention of some state lawmakers: “Negro Mountain.” Negro Creek Road. “Negro Bar State Park.” Negro Head Rocks. “Runaway Negro Creek.” Cruise East along
the Colorado River, you’ll see a
canyon on the right. It goes by the name
Negro Bill Canyon. Thankfully, with the help
of local news coverage, some of these names were changed. Key word: some. As of 2015, there were
at least 1,441 places with racial slurs in their name. Now depending on who you are, that might be too much or too little. Even today, there are a shitload of
places here in America that pretty much offend
every minority group. Now I’m gonna say some
really offensive shit. Please do not take this
audio out of context I’m looking at you, Slate. Again this is Hasan Minhaj and
I’m saying these words are very bad. There’s Wetback Tank
Reserve in New Mexico, Midget Geyser in Wyoming. There’s Chinaman Lagoon in Alaska. Dago Creek in Alaska, not to be
confused with Dago Frank Creek, also in Alaska. Alaska’s state seal is basically
just the egg avatar. Now I don’t live by Midget Geyser in
Wyoming, but there is a fucked up place in my own backyard. In New York City, there’s a place called “Negro Point.” It’s actually on Randalls Island, which is kind of weird
when you think about it. When you think about
racist islands in New York, you generally think Rikers. It’s no longer Negro
Point on Google Maps, but it’s still Negro
Point on federal maps. Here’s the thing: It doesn’t have to be this way. The names of these places
can actually be changed. “Lake Horney, with an ‘E’ by the way, is a man-made lake full of wildlife
and for years, the butt of jokes. One Lake Horney resident who
was too shy to go on camera has had enough of those
red-faced moments. He recently sent an application to the United States Board
of Geographic Names to try to get this lake
officially changed.” Imagine getting a text from
your dad that just says, “Hey, meet me at Lake Horney.” You’d be like, “Was that text for Mom?” The name changing process is handled
by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names. Now I had a lot of questions, so I gave them a call. In 2011 there was a hearing
to rename Negro Point, but there were several groups
opposed to it, including the Sandy Hook Pilots Association,
NOAA, and the Coast Guard. These groups claimed
that changing the maps would potentially
confuse tugboat captains. When have we let tugboat captains
stand in the way of racial progress? Can you imagine if during Selma someone came up to
MLK and was like, “Look, Martin, if you do this, you’re gonna piss off a
lot of tugboat captains.” And he’d be like, “Oh no. We gotta shut this down.” This is crazy to me. I live by Negro Point. I’ve been there. You guys, it’s beautiful. It doesn’t deserve this disgusting name. So I went to the U.S. Board on Geographic
Names’ website and submitted a form to rename Negro Point once and for all. Anyone can do this. Look, if there’s a racist
mountain, or a racist pond, or a racist archipelago
in your backyard, you can click on the link below and
submit a request to change the name. Okay, here are the rules: if you are
going to change the name of a place, you have to make it less racist. You can’t just change Chinaman
Lagoon to Oriental Swamp, okay? Should be easier to
make things less racist, depending on who you are. Alright let’s just go in
alphabetical order, okay? We’re gonna skip
Alabama because it’s… yeah. So let’s start
with Alaska, okay? Let’s change Dago Frank Creek… to just… Frank Creek. Frank will thank you, and so will the Italian community.

100 thoughts on “What’s With The Racist Names Of So Many American Places? | Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj | Netflix

  1. Ha-ha! This is a storm in a cup. Negro just means black in Portuguese and, what's more important, in Spanish. Negro Mountain is just a black rock. Has nothing to do with minorities.

  2. There's a suburb of sydney called Blacktown. It is named after the aboriginal mission. Black's town. Jesus. They tried to change the name but people protested!

  3. Hm. Wouldn‘t it be better to use this places for memorials about the history if discrimination of that certain ethnicity? Erasing the name is also erasing the history. I would assume that there is more to these names than you have looked up, Hasan. I say that as someone who studied history and is very aware of the hurt and division racial discrimination has brought upon the US. A part of healing this wounds is remembering, creating public places that make ppl aware of what happened there.

  4. in my view these names make sure some awful history is not forgotten. "why is it called negro point mommy?' is a perfect start for a first talk about slavery and US history

  5. I live in Alaska and we still have the Braves and warriors and they use an "Indian or eskimo" head for their mascots, even in schools that are predominantly native.

  6. Help us change the name of the Hilton at “Squaw Peak!” The actual mountain was changed to Piestewa Peak but the Hilton refused to change their name! This is a horribly offensive slur for indigenous women!

  7. Yaaaaaas bro. Thanks for sharing with us the power we have as citizens. And we need to make sure all these reports keep on the record and don't get swiped so that we dont "conveniently" erase parts of our history that prove our history.

  8. Must be weird for Spanish speakers cause for them it's just the word for Black.
    But the USA has this crazy history making all this necessary.

  9. It's almost as though America was founded on racism and bigotry and deprived millions of hardworking people because of the color of their skin, racist science, and military leaders.

  10. I live in Berlin Germany and close to me there is a street called Hindenburgdamm. Hindenburg was the guy who could have stopped Hitler from becoming chancellor but didn't.

  11. Negro in of itself is not a bad word especially when the connotation refers to the race. That’s if you are proud of that race. In Latin America the word for black people is the same. only because of the history which brought about the psychological collective unconsciousness of inferiority in beauty & intellect that Latin American use the term “Moreno” instead of negro to refer not only black People but the dark & indigenous, like how in America we are starting to use the term “people of color.” THESE terms or their overuse or their conflating of identity can be offensive to people like me. I am proud to be black, particularly fond of our beauty and distinctive intellect because of History which brought about a collective subconscious that created, Jazz, Rock & Roll and today’s world dominated hip hop culture. So, when I was sitting in my gym’s jacuzzi speaking with an older lady from Mexico (practicing my college minor, Spanish) and I referred to myself as “negro” when the older women corrected me by telling me to say “Moreno” because it’s a better word, less course. I corrected her by informing her that in America black People are proud to be black and do not wish to share our identity with any other people. Negro is not a bad word if you are not a sad negro

  12. Although "negro" is the word "black" in Spanish, some places wouldn't be so offensive if the WHOLE name of these places were also in Spanish. Right? 🤔 Or no? 🤷‍♂️

  13. Normally I am cool with what the Patriot act says, however lake Horney was named after a person. It's not racist or derogatory.

  14. Negro in Spanish is just the word black. So if a place was first settled by the Spanish you might get "Bahía Negro" or "Black Bay". No racial connection

  15. Midget is not racist, dear god, check the definition of words before making a fool of yourself, Hasan.
    Neither is Chinaman. It’s a descriptive term.

  16. This is idiotic, unless it's blatantly racist there shouldn't be a problem. What is a problem with midget geyser??' Should Montenegro change it's name as well. Those are names with words that have other meaning besides being offensive. If you think those names are a problem you are a moron

  17. you guys realize that negro is just the spanish word for black, right? it's not inherently racist. there are a lot of places in america with spanish names as well, using other colors than negro. i think it's worth looking into why the word negro was used in these namings, whether it has anything to do with black people in the area, or maybe just the color of some black soil, or rock nearby.

  18. "Dago" sounds so weird as a slur to me… It's the title of a fairly popular comic book sold here in Italy, so whenever I hear it, I think of the charming 16th century nobleman-turned-mercenary I used to read about 😀

  19. If "Negro" is a dirty word? I think "African-American" is a DIRTIER word and proves racism is systemic. Does it designate dual citizenship, or instead a fictitious nationality. It suggest a different status citizenship and inspires a divide among people of the same nation. Is it only a dream that the differences in people are actually acceptable in a nation they can all call home? Our census should eliminate that any designation of ethnicity for all born and naturalized in the USA while also counting the actual number of citizens as well as those non citizens. Would that be too confusing for our political campaigns?

  20. Merica

    Still The Shitties Country In the World

    Thank Gawd I Don't Associate With this Place anyHow 🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂

  21. Negro is black in Spanish, isn't it? I understand how a person can be offended if someone calls him negro. But you can't just remove a word from the vocabulary, because it can be used in a negative context. How are the Spanish going to call the color black, if they can't use their word for it?

  22. Negro is just black in Spanish. The US has a horrific (and ongoing) history of racism and the word negro was used to harm to the point to where it's racist to use it still today. I lived 11 years in Puerto Rico and now 4 years in México and I love how they use the term nego or negra (feminine conjugation) with love most often as a term of endearment and relatively extremely rarely as a racist slur. #MakeBigotryShamefulAgain

  23. Seems crazy to you because you’ve never driven a tugboat. Racial progress, all progress depends a lot more on tugboats than you seem to think. You’re not entirely wrong but you are a dick too. Nice music on the negro point shots tho it represents your level of thought pretty accurately.

  24. I think I like Negro Point 🙂 Its a gorgeous place. I'll take it. If it was where they dump the cites trash then I would be offended. Plus we have reclaimed the word negro, I like it when we say it. haha

  25. Brother, you need to be specific
    If it’s called « negro » because of an historic racist event in that particular place I’ll be 100% agree with you.
    BUT, if it’s because of the use of the word black in Spanish, like « el camino negro » you shouldn’t ask for changing name

  26. Addressing native Americans as Indians is probably racist then. Also rename Negra Modelo to African American Modelo? No clue what's up with a word and linking it with racism? I mean how is Negro offensive and Black is not offensive (while they both mean the same in different languages) … Who decides all that?

  27. Holycow. Negro is a rscist word? For people that don't speak Spanish AT ALL, this simply means black, as in, the color black. In my country, Venezuela, particularly in my city of maracaibo, it is used to replace several words that relate to love. Yes. LOVE. like instead of telling your wife, hey wife or honey come here, you would say hey negra come here. Or when talking to your mom, you can call her negra (which is a lovely way of saying it, not as horribly portrait by the us tendencies. And btw, the word does not apply to dark skin people. It applies to everyone. My mom is white with green eyes and my wife is white as a napkin from McDonald's and I can still tell them hey negra. Same applies to me from anyone else, hence why you will always see someone from maracaibo turning around wheb you yell negra or negro. There is a huge negative issue in sooo many levels just the US that it has gotten to a point where we decided to raise our kids in another country because of the way the political correct levels have gotten there. There is no empathy and understanding, there is mostly blind criticism and hate. Nobody is trying to look or even find the good side of the us people anymore.

  28. "A racist mountain, a racist pond" Seriously dude? What about names with the word "white" in it? that's okay yeah? The day is not far when this libtard asks for banning the use of black or brown color in anything. Man…please don't take away the black fonts from me…i don't wana have to write in white fonts in white background–since that will be the only non-offensive color right?

  29. Chinaman Lake
    , Birch Township, MN 56663
    Chinaman Gulch, Colorado
    Chinaman Coulee
    , Williston, ND 58801
    Chinaman Hill
    , Montana 59442
    Chinamans Dinner Dam
    , Highwood, MT 59450
    Chinamans Spring
    , Butte, MT 59750
    Chinamans Hat
    , Montana 59074

  30. Ohh Jesus we have bigger things to worry about then really not that racist names. My home town is literally named orient. Way up in north eastern WA. Named after all the oriental miners in the area back in the day. Then close by is a small town named chesaw which was named after a Chinese man.

  31. Wait… negro is racist now? I mean, it's not a word I hear much, but I thought it was ok, because of the United Negro College Fund. They do more to help black people than anybody.

  32. Hi Hasan I check up the name dago in Russian as Alaska was part of Russia, here is he meaning of dago is Russian Dago
    a marshy Russian island, N. of the Gulf of Riga, near the entrance of the Gulf of Finland.
    So the name comes with history of the place…

  33. Why is the point that should be in Southern New Mexico in Southern Colorado instead? If you're confusing states I might have to agree with the tub boat captains instead.

  34. You should have looked into who (and why) named those so called "racist" places, what you find might surprise you. The word "Negro" was a word that African Americans asked to be referred to as during the pre-civil right era. One well-known example is the identification by Martin Luther King, Jr. of his own race as "Negro" in his famous "I Have a Dream" speech of 1963. The term fell out of favor when referring to African Americans by the late 1970s and has NOT EVER been used by any white supremacist groups as they prefer the "Hard R" version of the word. Before that there were Universal Negro Improvement Association. The word, is a Spanish / Portuguese word meaning dark / black so saying that "Negro (Black) Creek" is racist is just stupid. Many areas of the South West are named using Spanish words. We have a literally state named after Mexico! The term Negro has never been used as a intentionally racist word against any certain people, other than by colonial Spaniards to describe the way the natives looked, which isn't necessarily racist because that is what people still do to this day. They use a word to describe the shade of a persons skin, aka white/black/brown. I personally don't feel a need to colorize anyone when I describe them, but hey I'm just a silly libertarian that sees past color. My point is not that racism doesn't exist, rather, that I think your misguided in finding it in the naming of places using the word "negro" being linked to referring to people when it in fact is being used to describe the color of the place. There are a lot of places named "Black _ " … What is next ? Will the SJW crowd be calling for anything with a color be re-named. This is America and our history good and bad shows that we can overcome and progress to a better society. If a child asks "What is Negro Mountain mean?" The parent could say the word Negro means black in Spanish, so it means Black Mountain, perhaps because the peak is covered in dark rocks, making it look black from a distance" If they want to they could continue with "Negro was also a word to describe people of color a long time ago but that word is no longer a polite way to describe people of darker complexion". Those questions lead to healthy and productive conversations but instead you want to just remove a legitimate Spanish word for Black? This lunacy has to stop somewhere, because at this rate, everything will just be named "Mountain". Hasan, you are a smart guy, you have to have thought of this, even if it doesn't follow your "everything is racist" narrative.

  35. Dude, get this. I went to Mexico recently and people were using negro all over the place. I asked a guy if I could get some black beans and he starts talkin about "free all these negros"

    That place is racist af

  36. what about Montenegro ? do they have to change their name too …every thing that has the word negro in it isnt racist dude …

  37. For pity's sake, we can all dissect every perceived inequity in human history and wallow in self pity. Guess what Hasan, world history is bloody and unfair but, pretending that you have some moral high ground over the other 7.5 BILLION inhabitants of this planet is delusional. Grow up funny man.

  38. I live 10 minutes from “Negro Bar” in Folsom, CA. It’s been named that my whole 35 years living here and no one cares.

  39. You know negro is not offensive in Spanish. Negro means black in Spanish. And in Latin America its not offensive to call someone by their race, height, weight. I get how in united states the word is charged differently

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