Even a thoughtful hometown tribute to a beloved author, poet and civil rights leader is enough to split political parties in the United States. Slate said that nine representatives voted against North Carolina Representative Alma Adams’ (D) bill to rename a U.S. States Postal Service office in Winston Salem after hometown hero Maya Angelou, citing harsh coverage from right-wing sites as reason behind their denial.
“It’s always a big decision when you name a local post office after someone and I just ask the chair, on this issue, to I think people should investigate Maya Angelou a little bit,” Representative Glenn Grothman of Wisconsin said on the floor. “And I suggest, perhaps, if you want to investigate a little bit further that perhaps you Google Maya Angelou and look at other articles in places like the [The American Thinker], the American Spectator.” The American Spectator said the author was an “irresponsible” “all around phony,” including coverage that called her a “hardcore lefty” on the day of her death, according to Roll Call.
Angelou was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2010 (funnily enough, the House voted 381-0 on the same day to rename a California branch as the “Medal of Honor” office) and has been honored posthumously with a (misquoted) postage stamp. The bill ultimately passed in the House, 371-9, with Republicans making up all nine against the measure. Alabama, Colorado, Texas, South Carolina, Maryland, Kentucky, West Virginia, Mississippi, and Alaska, these men belong to you.
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