George Washington University is moving on from ‘Colonials’
The campus community, in the heart of the nation’s capital, has narrowed a list of 10 replacement candidates to four finalists: ‘Ambassadors’, ‘Blue Fog’, ‘Revolutionaries’ and ‘Sentinels’. The university will hear feedback until 28 April throughout what it is calling ‘Moniker Madness’ and a new nickname will be announced by the end of the semester, said Ellen Moran, the university’s vice president for communications and marketing. The school’s mascot will remain George 1 – George Washington’s head, which a uniformed student wears.
The change comes amid a reckoning of the fraught history of team names across the American sports landscape. It comes after a push by students and a victory for Native American activists last year when the National Football League team in Washington became the Commanders, shedding a name that was a slur against Indigenous people.
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