Old Dixie Highway is no more in Riviera Beach, Fla. Instead, motorists are driving on President Barack Obama Highway.
Riviera Beach officials renamed the portion of the highway in their city limits, and the new sign carrying the name of the nation’s first black president went up Thursday. Old Dixie, officials said, paid homage to an era that glorified slavery.
The name was “symbolic of racism, symbolic of the Klan, symbolic of cross burnings, and today we are stepping up to a new day, a new era,” Riviera Beach Mayor Thomas Masters told WPTV on Thursday.
One elderly lady claims to have seen a cross burning on this same highway. Some how I think she might get the opportunity to see another one.
But this is a good thing.
After all I it is well past time for Florida to start moving into the future and leave behind their racist past. I mean screw those old racists anyhow.
Having said that I hope the city has invested in a whole lot of back up "President Barack Obama highway" street signs, because you just KNOW the first dozen or so are going to be vandalized or stolen.
After all, this IS Florida.