San Francisco Named Balboa Street to Honor a Man Famous for Killing LGBTs in Central America – Why Not Change It?

Balboa Park, Balboa 31X, Balboa Street – there are lots of examples.

Now let’s check and see what Vasco Núñez de Balboa did to be so honored.

Oh, here it is:

Balboa setting his dogs upon Indian practitioners of male love (1594) The Spanish invader Vasco Núñez de Balboa (1475-1519) shown in Central America with his troops, presiding over the execution of Indians, whom he ordered eaten alive by the war dogs for having practiced male love. New York Public Library, Rare Book Room, De Bry Collection, New York.

Oh and we honor Funston too?

Oh well

 

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6 Responses to “San Francisco Named Balboa Street to Honor a Man Famous for Killing LGBTs in Central America – Why Not Change It?”

  1. Einstein says:

    Sloat would make an excellent candidate for removal too, seeing as he was instrumental in aggression against Mexico, and wresting a full 1/3 of their territory.

  2. BUK says:

    Balboa at least has the distinction of being the first European to reach the west coast of America.

    Funston on the other hand is specifically honored because he was the ‘Butcher of Manila’.

  3. Patrick says:

    Changing street names because of the politically incorrect activities of the people whom they were named for is soooo tired. You cannot judge a 16th Century explorer by today’s standards.

    And the Mexicans took the territory from the Indians, so there…

  4. Patrick says:

    And as for Funston, he pulled San Francisco’s chestnuts out of the earthquake and fire of 1906:

    http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=24212

  5. sfcitizen says:

    Well, I just did. And I think the Spanish were involved as well.

    Funston did a horrible job during the Great Fire.

    http://foundsf.org/index.php?title=April_18,_1906:_EARTHQUAKE!_FIRE!

    Who edits his Wiki entry, his descendants? Are they the same people who opposed the Harvey Milk bust on the first floor of City Hall? I think so.

  6. Patrick says:

    And the result is an apples-and-oranges comparison that means nothing. Face it: heroes have feet of clay. Lech Walesa stands up to the Soviet Union earns a Nobel Peace Prize and he gets a street named after him. He makes a few snarky anti-gay remarks and people gets all butthurt and demands that his name be removed. Call them a waaaamublance!

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