Could name change be in offing for Jean Lafitte NHP dues to namesake's role as slave trader?
Princeton University made national news the other day when it took Woodrow Wilson's name off its School of Public and International Affairs because of President Wilson's racist thinking. Might that prod calls to have Jean Lafitte's name removed from Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve in Louisiana?
After all, Lafitte not only was a pirate, but he was a slave trader, and some would add womanizer and even rapist to his resume, as well. But his aid to the U.S. government during the War of 1812 against Britain cast him as a patriot, not a pirate, and in some eyes a swashbuckling pirate at that.