lunarjetman wrote: I bet the majority of local people would have preferred to see the square keep its original, historic, name. Am I allowed to express that opinion, or will it be deleted like all the other posts that disagree with this whole idea ?
You mean its original, 'historic' name, given to it in the historic 1980s?
I'm quite surprised, since supposedly in the historic 1980s ideas of slavery, kidnap and murder were somewhat frowned upon, that none of the Hawkins fan club are asking why, as recently as the historic 80s, did we think it was suitable to honour someone who enslaved, kidnapped and murdered, given that by then we knew those things were, you know, sort of bad? Unless of course, you think that in the historic 1980s it was appropriate to name a square after someone who did that sort of thing?
It'd be a bit like town planners in Berlin, in 2020, proposing to name a street Hitler Strasse and the Berlin equivalent of Lunarjetman saying 'well, if we don't call it Hitler Strasse we're airbrushing our history'.
You still havent answered whether you'd be happy with an explanatory panel in the square saying that it was formerly known as Hawkins Square, and that he had been a slaver who killed thousands of people....
Or would that be too much history? I mean at least with the street name and no info about Hawkins no-one actually has to learn what a grade A horror he was?