So Taos has decided to change the name of its park. “Kit Carson” is too touchy, too hot to handle, too incorrect. Now it will be called “Red Willow Park.” What is going on here?
History, real history, is messy and fraught with contradictions. Even some of our greatest historical figures were flawed characters. George Washington, as a young man, fought and killed Native Americans. He, like Jefferson and many other of our founders, owned slaves. Lincoln, probably our greatest president, personally signed the orders approving the Navajo war that Kit Carson reluctantly led during the 1860s.
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