Students at George Washington University have petitioned to change their nickname.
Evidently they feel that being called “colonials” is offensive and oppressive.
Understanding history might be inconvenient to these students.
During the revolutionary war we were in fact colonies of England. Our citizens fought for our freedom from monarchy and the right to establish our own government.
The “colonials” did something that has changed the course of history to the immense good of mankind.
We deserve better
If wanting to change the name of a mascot makes someone an ingrate, city council probably thinks the same of us when we oppose their many wonderful deeds done on our behalf in the name of progress.
Definition of colonialism: The policy or practice of acquiring full or partial political control over another country, occupying it with settlers, and exploiting it economically.
The key words are “another country.”
Things didn’t work out so well for many of the original inhabitants of the land our forefathers chose to occupy. That too is part of our history.
A colonial is not necessarily a proponent of colonialism. Colonials, with a capital C, refer to America’s first inhabitants who came to set up residence and establish a colony. Eventually, they fought — and won — independence from a country that practiced colonialism. The students who object to being called Colonials must not have been able to find anything else to complain about.
Colonials with a capital C does not appear in the dictionary.
It’s ironic that some of us are bitching about students complaining when most of the comments on this blog are complaints. Maybe we should all look in the mirror. Just because we’re older doesn’t make us wiser.
Imagine how the hippopotamuses feel having their nickname hippos used for a silly sport.
Agree with you Brutus…i
lf one of the biggest “problems” you have in life is being called a colonial, then l truly am jealous. lf you want a good laugh, read the courses that GWU is offering. After reading the list, you can tell that they’re in the District of Commun…err, l mean Columbia. Many of their courses are almost as valid as Basket Weaving 101.