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George Washington University Dropping ‘Colonials’ Nickname

George Washington University Dropping ‘Colonials’ Nickname

“‘Colonials’ means colonizers (both here and abroad) and refers to those who stole land from indigenous groups, plundered their resources, murdered and exiled Native peoples, and introduced slavery into the colonies”

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The left is relentless on this front. They will never stop looking for opportunities like this one.

Campus Reform reports:

George Washington University dumps ‘Colonials’ nickname

George Washington University, located in the heart of the nation’s capital, is ditching the moniker “Colonials” in favor of a campus-wide nickname that will better “unite” the campus community.

The decision was announced Wednesday by the Office of the President after the Board of Trustees voted to toss the name, a move that came at the recommendation of The Board and Special Committee on the Colonials Moniker.

“The Board and Special Committee determined that given the division among the community about the moniker, it can no longer serve its purpose as a name that unifies,” the announcement read. “The university is now undertaking a process to engage the community on choosing a new moniker.”

“Colonials” is expected to be retired by the 2023-2024 academic year.

A 31-page report accused the word of having negative undertones associated with “colonization.”

“‘Colonials’ means colonizers (both here and abroad) and refers to those who stole land from indigenous groups, plundered their resources, murdered and exiled Native peoples, and introduced slavery into the colonies,” the report stated.

The report claims that “a little over half” of the GWU community opposes the moniker, but notes that supporters of its use associate “Colonials” “with those who lived in the colonies” and fought in the Revolutionary War.

“These are perspectives that cannot be easily harmonized,” the report noted.

The committee voted 13-1 to advise university leadership to retire the moniker to preserve “university unity” and promote “university values.”

GWU College Republicans Chairman Ezra Meyer told Campus Reform that the decision was “disappointing and polarizing.”

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Comments

tolerancematters | June 17, 2022 at 12:47 pm

GW should pick the “Decolonials” as their new mascot. For that is what the patriots accomplished the Revolutionary War. They decolonized from Great Britain.

They wouldn’t even need to change their mascot’s costume.

Obviously, then, they’re going to have to rename the school, also. How about Alinsky U.?

They should do a thorough overhaul and drop George Washington from their name as well. I recommend Barack Obama Foreign Institute with the nickname Kenyans.

SeekingRationalThought | June 18, 2022 at 11:08 am

This is no surprise but is useful confirmation that I was right to cease donating to GW. It was a sick institution back in the 1970’s when I attended the Law School (fortunately isolated from most of the rot) and has deteriorated since. A fourth rate institution which would have an even poorer reputation were it not located in DC. Not that its reputation could be much worse.

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