The Star’s readers have spoken: Rename Jackson County after former Royals player Bo Jackson.
Fine, I know it’s not that easy.
But more than 760 people responded to my recent poll asking people what they thought should happen once former president Andrew Jackson — whom Jackson County is named after — is removed from the front of the $20 bill.
Abolitionist Harriet Tubman will replace Jackson, who has been criticized for his pro-slavery, anti-American Indian activities.
To be clear, most people said they didn’t really want to rename the county.
But when asked if there’s another “Jackson” worthy of being the county’s namesake, Bo Jackson led the list of people who are still alive.
General Stonewall Jackson led the list of people who are dead.
A few write-in candidates arrived, including the ever-popular Truman County and, of course, Royals County.
Here are the full results, and thanks for participating.
Should Jackson County consider renaming itself now that former President Andrew Jackson is being wiped off the $20 bill, partly because of his pro-slavery and anti-American Indian views?
If Jackson County is named after a dead person, it should be:
Stonewall Jackson, general 42%
Shoeless Joe Jackson, baseball player 20%
Michael Jackson, King of Pop 17%
Robert H. Jackson, U.S. Supreme Court justice 14%
Mahalia Jackson, gospel music singer 6%
If Jackson County is renamed after a living person, it should be:
Bo Jackson, baseball player 62%
Samuel L. Jackson, actor 19%
Jesse Jackson, civil rights activist 7%
Peter Jackson, director 5%
Phil Jackson, basketball coach 4%
Janet Jackson, singer 2%