The Sept. 12 editorial “What’s in a name?” asked for a “thoughtful discussion” about renaming schools, parks, monuments, etc., based on whether the person was a racist. Enslaving people was the one criterion that made the person automatically a racist, yet the editorial gave the federal government a pass on Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. Why? Once you’ve defined a racist, there are no “good racists” or “bad racists.” That’s the height of hypocrisy. 

It’s time to really stop and think about the manipulation of history in the cause of political correctness. Of course, that won’t happen until this movement wants to change the name of Washington, D.C., to something else. Maybe not even then.

Mark Levin, Ellicott City