History is on the chopping block in academia.
Trump warned liberals wouldn’t be satisfied just by targeting Confederate Statues.
Now liberal college students at one University are seeking to make a major change for the most absurd reason!
Students at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. are petitioning for a new mascot and nickname.
Why, you ask?
Because they find their current nickname, the Colonials, “extremely offensive.”
As Fox News reports:
“The historically, negatively-charged figure of Colonials has too deep a connection to colonization and glorifies the act of systemic oppression,” the petition reads.
It suggests alternative nicknames such as “Hippos” or “Riverhorses.”
The Colonials mascot was adopted in 1926 to honor the school’s namesake, George Washington, and is intended as a reference to colonial America and the Continental Army.
“It’s very wrong for us to call ourselves an open and welcoming university when the name means such demise and terror for students who could possibly come here,” sophomore Andrew Hesbacher told the student newspaper.
“Colonialist, terrorist, murderer. In a lot of places that’s what colonials mean to people,” he said. “Why would we continue to call ourselves that?”
According to Fox News, 200 students have already signed the petition. If 500 students sign, the Student Association president must respond to the petition putting the University in real danger of losing its nearly 100-year-old nickname.
In an editorial from 1926 explaining the new nickname, the term “Colonials” was clearly viewed with pride.
This, the school named after George Washington, and having as its colors the Continental Army buff and blue, the colors of Colonial America, should be entitled to bear the name of “Colonials” if any school is so entitled. George Washington University, in its antecedents, is a colonial school. Dating back to very early post-Revolutionary days, it was founded when the term “colonial” still applied to an era which was then passing. Let us then, in just regard for our precious heritage, adopt as the name for the warriors wearing the Buff and Blue the term “Colonials.”
When cities began removing Confederate statues last fall, Trump Tweeted, “Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments. You can’t change history, but you can learn from it. Robert E Lee, Stonewall Jackson – who’s next, Washington, Jefferson? So foolish!”
What do you think? Should these triggered college students spend more time in a history classroom?
Or do you think they have a point?
Let us know in the comments below.