05 June 2018

Colonial Offense

I really don't know what to say, other than I told you so . . . 

We, as students of the George Washington University, believe it is of great exigence that the University changes its official mascot. The use of “Colonials,” no matter how innocent the intention, is received as extremely offensive by not only students of the University, but the nation [Really?] and world at large. The historically, negatively-charged figure of Colonials has too deep a connection to colonization and glorifies the act of systemic oppression. Alternative nickname recommendations are “Hippos,” "Revolutionaries", or “Riverhorses.”
Story here

I assume Colonial Williamsburg will soon form a panel and address the question of whether or not they should change their name. 😏


Kennan said...

Just WOW. I am at a loss for words, but sadly not surprised. :(

Phil said...


Poor writing: "of great exigence" can be reduced to "important."

"Use words like they cost a dollar a piece." -- William Zinsser, *On Wrting Well*.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Kennan - unreal, isn't it?

Phil - true. Douglas Southall Freeman said something very similar. Less is often more when writing.