Students at George Washington University are now seeking to distance themselves from their school’s mascot. George Washington, our nation’s first president and Revolutionary War hero, has been deemed too offensive for liberals on campus to parade around as their school’s emblem.
A petition to change the school’s nickname garnered more than 500 signatures. Rachel Yakobashili, who started the initiative, says on the petition, “The use of ‘Colonials,’ no matter how innocent the intention, is received as extremely offensive by not only affiliates of the University, but the nation 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’ or ‘Riverhorses.'”
Perhaps Rachel found inspiration to change the school’s nickname to Hippos from all the feminists on campus.
Amy Martin, a student government representative at GWU, told Fox News, “A ‘Colonial’ is an actor of colonialism. Even when we hear people say colonials are just people who lived in colonies, we have to consider how those colonies were set up and who lived there before [and] who was kicked out so the colonists could move in.”
She continued, “We need to listen to who feels disenfranchised by this term.”
Students at the school will vote on the initiative later this month.
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