Why is Anything Named for Senator Richard Russell?
On Saturday, Senator Chuck Schumer announced that he would introduce a resolution provided that the Russell Senate Office Building be renamed the McCain Senate Office Building. I think that this is an excellent idea, as I was a great admirer of Senator McCain and attended a fundraiser for his 2000 presidential campaign.
An even better reason for changing the Russell Building’s name, though, is that Richard Russell was a hateful segregationist who deserves no such honor. In his long Senate career from the 1930s until his death in 1971, Senator Russell’s chief “achievement” was delaying the enactment of civil rights laws. He was acknowledged by all as a master of parliamentary procedure, but mostly for a terrible cause. Get his name off the building.