George Washington Uni Drops 'Offensive' Colonials Mascot After Student Complaints
Students 'offended' by mascot, arguing it represents 'oppression'
George Washington University has quietly dropped its “Colonials” mascot and begun removing all references to it after students argued earlier this year that the mascot is "offensive" and represents “oppression.”
GWU has been slowly removing references to its popular “Colonials” mascot, according to a report by Young America’s Foundation.
As Breitbart News reported in February, the university's students started a petition arguing that the “Colonials” mascot is "problematic" due to its “connection to colonization” and “systematic oppression.”
Signed by over 500 students, the petition argues that the “Colonials” mascot is “extremely offensive.”
“We, as students of the George Washington University, believe it is of great exigence that the University changes its official mascot,” the petition reads.
“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 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,” the petition continues.
“Alternative nickname recommendations are ‘Hippos,’ ‘Revolutionaries,’ or ‘Riverhorses.’"
Breitbart News reported in April that a majority of students participated in a referendum at George Washington University voted to end the use of the “Colonials” mascot.
According to Breitbart, of the 5,000 students that voted in the referendum, 54 percent voted against the continued use of the mascot.
The university initially took no action on the vote, as late as two months after the petition the university still had “no comment” on the student’s demands.
Now, George Washington University has slowly started its process of removing the mascot from campus.
In one example, the student center for registration and financial services was renamed from “Colonial Central” to “Student Services Hub.”
A student organization that encourages students to attend university athletic events recently changed its name from “Colonial Army” to “George’s Army.”
However, the organization claims that the recent referendum did not influence their decision to change the name"
Additionally, the student group “Colonial Army,” which draws students to attend sporting events for the school, rebranded itself “George’s Army.”
The group claims the name change had nothing to do with the recent referendum and the movement to remove the colonial name from GW’s campus, and according to the Hatchet, hoped it would “remedy the group’s declining participation at basketball games.”
In a recent video by Campus Reform, George Washington University students claimed they are not proud to be American.