Change the name of Whitestown, IN

Change the name of Whitestown, IN

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It's 2020. It is a year of sadness, confusion, and uncertainty. But, it can also be a year of great change, if WE choose it. This year can be about returning to what is important, standing up for good, and finding symbols for humanity, justice, and welcoming anyone as a fellow American. Words and names give meaning and tell the world what kind of America WE want to create.

Across the country, there are names of streets, towns, and cities that inspire confidence and hope, yet others are still stuck in the past. Whitestown is one of these names, and WE must have the courage to make it better.

A quick Wikipedia search claims "It [Whitestown] was likely named for Albert Smith White, a U.S. Senator from Indiana.". We can be grateful for his service in the 1800's and we can still honor his legacy in many ways, but one cannot ignore the message this name projects to the world and that there must be other, better names. We have spoken with fellow residents of Whitestown who say they are from 'Indianapolis', the 'Northwest side of Indy', or 'Near Zionsville', perhaps out of shame, guilt, or embarrassment for the name. The town and people of this area have great promise. Shouldn't we have a name that exemplifies our people, ambitions, and character?

There are many names that we could choose with input from community members. We could choose ALBERTSTOWN to both honor the town’s namesake and create a new openness to all. With the restart of launching American astronauts into space from American rockets on American soil into space with the vision to return to the Moon by 2024 and the town's incredible brewery, we could choose MOONTOWN. And, there are others.

It's 2020. Now, is the time to make a change. We can choose to create the change ourselves. Please help us by signing this petition to change the name of Whitestown.

 

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