The Board of Geographic Names and the Removal of Derogatory and Offensive Toponyms in the United States
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Although much of the literature on controversies over the naming of geographic features has been associated with the names of cultural features, the naming or renaming of mountains, streams, and other physical features on the landscape has also been controversial in many cases. In the United States, the US Board on Geographic Names (BGN) is responsible for determining and authorizing the use of official names for physical landscape features. The Board is charged with resolving conflicts involving the use of offensive or derogatory names. In this chapter, the process of conflict resolution is discussed using recent examples, illustrating the wide range of names that various groups regard as offensive.
KeywordsToponyms Landscape features Derogatory language Native Americans African-Americans Name changes
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