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Change the GW mascot

The historically, negatively-charged figure of Colonials has too deep a connection to colonization and glorifies the act of systemic oppression.

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Signature count last updated on 14 May 2018 at 8:34pm

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Posted: 26 April 2018
Submitted: 25 April 2018
Submitted by: Rachel Yakobashvili

Petition description

We, as students of the George Washington University, believe it is of great exigence that the University changes its official mascot. 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. Alternative nickname recommendations are “Hippos,” "Revolutionaries", or “Riverhorses.”

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