Climbing over 26,000 feet, Denali is the highest peak in North America. Located in Alaska, it’s at the heart of the Denali National Park, and it’s also been at the heart of a naming controversy since 1917. Alaska has been trying to get the name changed — it was once known as Mt. McKinley — and that name change has bipartisan support.
So of course, when Obama brought that process to a close today, formally renaming Mt. McKinley to Denali, conservatives quickly spiraled into a sea of racism, madness, and flat rejection of the world beyond their hermetically sealed, dilatant ideological bubble.
Name that mountain
The mountain was named Mt. McKinley by gold prospectors in the 1890s, but it wasn’t until 1917 that Woodrow Wilson signed a bill that formally named the mountain McKinley.
It had a name before the 1890s. A Russian one, in fact, as Alaska was at one time a Russian territory. The Russians called it Большая Гора, which is a translation of the even older Koyukon Athabaskan name, Denali. It means “the great one” or “the big one,” and it appears to be conserved across seven other languages in the area, so the Koyukon weren’t the only people calling it that.
Almost immediately, Wilson’s renaming was contested by Alaskans, and attempts to change the name continued into the 1970s. When Alaska asked for a name change yet again in 1975, the motion was blocked by Ohio congressman Ralph Regula, who was the then-representative for McKinley’s home town.
This was the story until today, when during a trip to Alaska, President Obama announced that he would be returning the mountain to it’s proper name: Denali.
Turning a mole hill into a Denali
This is an otherwise symbolic gesture, and it conforms to what people in Alaska have wanted. But because it was Obama who did it, the right-wing has lost their god-forsaken minds and dove off the collective deep end.
He’s apparently unaware that it’s possible to do multiple things at once. It’s okay, Foxbots, most normal people can multitask, even if you can’t.
I have neither the time nor the crayons to explain why this is wrong.
This is what passes for clever wordplay on the right-wing.
Yeah, why can’t Obama be more like the guy that picked a fight with Spain because we wanted Cuba?
They’ve obviously never looked at a map. Kilimanjaro is in Tanzania, not Kenya. But that’s okay, they probably think Hawaii is in Africa.
I wasn’t sure what to make of this one, either. I think the bot is trying to be clever.
As opposed to the GOP, who want to restore us to a time called Medieval Europe, where feudalism was the law of the land.
Renaming a mountain to it’s aboriginal name is “anti-white.” Okay then.
Some people go to the fountain of knowledge to drink. Gman1234 went there to rinse his mouth.
And here are two folks that have a firm grasp on the issue. Using the logic of the last one, there are no native Asians or Europeans, just nomads from Africa.
I’m glad President Trump won’t happen.
Racism, on my Fox news?
I present to you the ultimate slippery slope argument.
And here’s some dubious historical reasoning.
Another racist Teabagger who never quiet figured out how to walk and chew gum at the same time.
Here’s delusions of grandeur larger than Denali itself.
“Bipartisan support” means nothing to these people.
As opposed to the right, who has Donald Trump. I think the left wins this fight.
The Fox News article mentioned global warming. So of course you get one of these guys there. Supporting evidence? Who needs that?
I clipped this one just because of the guy’s user name. I’m so happy someone is willing to stick up for the 1%.
It’s like a Three Stooges sketch, except they’re dead serious.
There are more, too; none of the above comments are more than a half-hour old. Fox has been in full meltdown mode for the better part of the day.
It’s not even a change. The mountain was known as Denali long before the United States even existed. Perhaps that’s why it’s ironic that one easiest anagrams for Denali perfectly describes another perpetual state of existence for conservatives: Denial.
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