What’s in a name? Trust me, as someone with a surname that has a downside, it’s a double-edged sword. Since childhood, I have heard bad jokes about my name (although nothing original in decades). When I was single, friends joked that I should marry a man with the surname of Butt and hyphenate my last name. Hyphenation of my name with any other is pretty much out of the question. The upside of my name is that it IS memorable. And luckily, my family always encouraged a healthy sense of humor and a lot of education.
Stapleton Won’t Talk To The New York Times About His Great-Grandfather, Who Was A KKK Leader in Colorado
Republican candidate for governor Walker Stapleton declined an offer from The New York Times‘ Julie Turkewitz to chat about his great-grandfather, Benjamin Stapleton, who was the Mayor of Denver and a KKK leader in the 1920s.
Stapleton Condemns Racism but Some Say He Should Go Further in Addressing His Great-Grandfather’s KKK Legacy in Denver
Swirling on the fringe of Republican Walker Stapleton’s run for governor is the question of how, and if, he should address the fact that his great-grandfather, former Denver Mayor Benjamin F. Stapleton, was a leader of the Ku Klux Klan in Colorado in the 1920s.
Residents of Denver’s Stapleton neighborhood voted Tuesday night on whether to change the name of their neighborhood association from “Stapleton United Neighbors” (SUN) to “Central Park United Neighbors.”
In a 2009 appearance on KNUS radio, Republican gubernatorial frontrunner Walker Stapleton praised Confederate General Robert E. Lee, calling him a “great American.”