The Las Vegas International Airport
The Clark County Division of Aviation, the people who run McCarran International Airport, (more commonly called the Las Vegas Airport) want to now change its name because they say the man who it is named after was a racist. Why? Because he lived in a time when racism was normal. So now, after all these years, the name needs to go!
I’m not a fan of rewriting history to appease some small group of people. And in this case, I am certainly not in favor of the name change for the simple reason is that it doesn’t make sense. You are wanting to rename an international airport because you think the man it’s named after was a racist and you want to rename it for a man who uses race as a political weapon. How is that better??
They want to replace the original man who did so much for creating the modern-day Las Vegas economy, Senator McCarran, and replace it with a man who has done irreparable damage to our local economy, Senator Harry Reid.
So one man lived in a time of pure, unadulterated racism and the other used racism to further his political objectives. In essence, they want to change one bad name out for another bad name. What good is that?? It is not a good idea. It Stinks!
McCarran International Airport
The airport most Las Vegas-bound tourists fly into is actually called The McCarren International Airport. It opened in 1948 and was given that name to honor the late Senator from Nevada, US Senator Pat McCarran. A member of the Democratic Party who contributed greatly to the development of aviation both in Las Vegas and the United States.
He’s the one who got Las Vegas to be the home to what is now known as Nellis Air Force Base and all the other projects that have come along because we are home to one of the most sophisticated Military pilot training bases in the world. This man’s actions resulted in thousands of new businesses being created. The airbase is always creating new technology that is adding thousands of new jobs and businesses into the Las Vegas economy annually.
And now they want to take that away for the sake of social politics.
Senator McCarran’s influence in aviation is legendary. He helped create the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), the precursor to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). He was one of the legislators who pushed for the creation of the United States Air Force and he was instrumental in bringing what is now called Nellis Air Base to Las Vegas.
If it were not for Senator McCarran, we might not be home to the US Air Force Thunderbirds, The nuclear test site, and of course, Area 51. His importance to the aviation industry and to the Las Vegas aviation community (and our economy) can not be stressed enough. He did great things for ALL the people in this region.
Yes, he lived in a time when racism was normal, it was part of everyday life. So yes, how he lived, what he did, and how he reacted to events in his life when looked at and judged by our view of life today, could be seen as being racist. Dah! It’s how people lived back then.
In reality, some of what Senator McCarran accomplished could be seen as anything but being a racist. And that may explain the need for the democratic party to expunge his name from the history books. He did something to help the people he represented and that goes against the modern-day Democratic playbook.
The Man Did Great Things
In 1952, Senator McCarran was co-sponsor of the McCarran–Walter Act, a law that abolished racial restrictions found in United States immigration and naturalization statutes going back to the Naturalization Act of 1790. He fixed a 230-year-old wrong. And it also imposed more rigid restrictions on quotas for immigrants entering the United States. It also stiffened the existing law relating to the admission, exclusion, and deportation of dangerous aliens under the McCarran Internal Security Act.
The Alternative is a New Version of the Old Version
Now, in replace of this man who did so much for this city and state, they want to rename this airport for a man who used race as a political tool at his command. A man who has done more harm to this region’s economy, than overall good. A man who orchestrated the racial division in America that is still active today. He made the use of race the central part of how election campaigns are run today.
Do they want to rename the Las Vegas international airport in “honor” of the former United States Senator from Nevada, Harry Reid?? What a joke! Harry Reid used race as a political tool to gain favors and create division in this country. Remember how he described Obama? As a ‘light-skinned’ African American ‘with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one,’
Let’s Not and Do This Instead
How about we not do that and just give it the name most people call it? Name it The Las Vegas International Airport! Who can be offended by that? And it works. Ok! No politics, no games. The name makes sense. It’s a simple, generic name that a lot of people use to describe the airport anyways.
If you are serious about changing the name of the international airport that serves the Las Vegas valley, that’s the best, drama-free name for it.