The name “Negro Bill Canyon” places a stigma on our community as racist and intolerant. It does not show that we are open and welcoming, nor does it show respect or appreciation for a diverse population.
Is this how we want our community to be represented? Are we really putting our best foot forward?
I don’t believe that our community is racist or intolerant; I believe we are a very positive and supportive community with incredible values to share with each other and our many visitors. We have much more to gain by promoting the positive sides of our community than we do through the use of a name that represents different treatment for people of color. The fact is that other names in the county do not qualify the person’s name with the color of his or her skin. This differential treatment does not represent equal and fair treatment.
There is no downside to the use of the name “William Grandstaff Canyon” and there should be no delay in making this name change. I call upon our county council, our city council, our mayor and all other individuals in decision-making positions to support this change out of respect for William Grandstaff and out of respect for our community.