Dania Beach board wants references to...

Dania Beach board wants references to 'colored cemetery' removed

There are 2 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Mar 22, 2008, titled Dania Beach board wants references to 'colored cemetery' removed. In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

“The only reason why they were buried like that was because they were colored. My thing would be to make it proper.”

It was renamed Westlawn 22 years ago. But in city and county records, it's still 'Dania Colored Cemetery.'

Pat Rafacz, chairwoman of the city's human relations board, said she and other board members caught the error while recently reviewing some city documents. 'We just want it removed,' she said. 'It's extremely insensitive.'

City commissioners agreed, and are expected Tuesday to give final approval to renaming the cemetery's plat ' Dania Beach Westlawn.'

'It was kind of derogatory,' said Commissioner John Bertino, who called the change long overdue. Read more

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Since: Jul 07

Miami, Florida

#1 Apr 6, 2008
Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it.

Remove the word "colored" from all documents so we can "forget" what happened. Then we can "repeat" the lesson not learned.

Great idea! It never happened- forget it. I feel better now.:(
Vivek Golikeri

Hollywood, FL

#2 Jan 10, 2013
No, we won't forget. It's like saying a Jewish population should accept a swastika in its midst or else the Holocaust will be forgotten.

That word "colored" has very hurtful and ugly connotations for black people. Yes, we should remove it.

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