As far as the councillors of the London Borough of Haringey are concerned, they are simply erasing a shameful blot from the neighbourhood map.
Surely, they reason, it is time for an enlightened and progressive 21st-century authority to expunge this legacy of an unhappy, bygone age.
And so, as of this week, Black Boy Lane in Tottenham — as it has been for as long as anyone can remember — is no more.
A road which is home to hundreds of people and a regular thoroughfare for thousands of passengers on two important bus routes has now been renamed La Rose Lane, after local writer and activist John La Rose.
Read more: Hard-up’ Labour council that blew £100,000 changing the name of Black Boy Lane even though its own survey found not a single objection from a black person… And provoked a spectacular backlash!