“After the release of our new logos on April 24th, I was made aware of the negative connotation between the serpentine walls and slavery”
You can see the image below. The change is barely noticeable.
The Hill reports:
University of Virginia changes athletics logo over connection to slavery on campus
The University of Virginia’s Athletics Department announced this week that it is changing a logo that was unveiled earlier this year over its link to slavery on the school’s Charlottesville grounds.
UVA’s logo for the athletic department includes a “V” with two sabers crossed under it, and athletics director Carla Williams said in a Monday statement that changes were made in April to two logos, adding additional lines on the sabers as a reference to the “serpentine walls” on grounds.
“After the release of our new logos on April 24th, I was made aware of the negative connotation between the serpentine walls and slavery,” Williams said in the Monday statement. “I was not previously aware of the historical perspective indicating the original eight-foot-high walls were constructed to mask the institution of slavery and enslaved laborers from public view.”
She added that she has “worked to better educate myself and that education will continue.
“There was no intent to cause harm, but we did, and for that I apologize to those who bear the pain of slavery in our history. As such, we have redesigned the logos to remove that detail. All other aspects of the logos will remain the same.”
The University of Virginia is modifying its logo. The handles of the sabres below the V were meant to reflect serpentine walls, which have a negative connotation to slavery. pic.twitter.com/iEePGA7THF
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) June 17, 2020
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