Letter: Should we rename Tom Petty Park?

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Should we rename Tom Petty Park? I don’t know…

Should we change the name of Tom Petty Park? He used to support the confederate flag. I’m not sure that his apology
counts or was genuine.

Should we rename the park out of respect to the BLM movement? JJ Finley school is getting a rename.

I don’t know if the city would want to touch this with a 10 foot pole, but it may be a part of the healing that’s needed for the city to show that it’s not hypocritical when it comes to racism. This may be a good first step to stop the hurt that exists in our community. Keeping the park named after him  might be thought of as white privilege to some. It may ruffle a lot of feathers.

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UF is getting rid of the “Gator Bait“ chant, the City of Gainesville needs to do more to heal the hurt.

There’s no excuse for racism in any form… If you’re going to get rid of Aunt Jemima and the “Gator Bait” cheer, there are a lot of other things and people that must also be removed, and Tom Petty is one of them. What do you say?


Richard Selwach, Gainesville