Las Vegas leader calls for renaming of airport, denouncing Patrick McCarran’s legacy as racist

A Las Vegas leader wants to rename the city’s airport.

 

A Las Vegas leader wants to see McCarran International Airport’s name changed, questioning the legacy of the man it is named after.

 

Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom wants to remove “McCarran” from the airport’s name claiming, “Pat McCarran was an evil man.”

 

“To have the first thing when you come to Nevada (be) McCarran Airport — when you look at his history, that’s just unacceptable.

 

“Our kids grow up hearing about McCarran airport; they don’t know what that its, but they don’t realize we are honoring somebody who didn’t believe I should even be a citizen or have the right to vote, that’s wrong,” Segerblom said.

 

During Sen. Patrick McCarran’s time in office he was considered one of the biggest supporters of aviation, sponsoring key legislation that helped shape the modern air travel industry.

 

However, many historians have said that that McCarran’s legacy is marred by racism, xenophobia and antisemitism.

 

Critics who are opposed to renaming the airport say McCarran was a critical part of history, and attempting to remove his name is unacceptable.

 

Analysts estimate a name change will cost around $2 million. Segerblom says he would raise funds privately to make it happen.