The George Washington University student body voted Thursday to “remove and replace” its mascot, the George the Colonial.
According to the GWU Joint Elections Commission, 54 percent of students who voted in this spring’s Student Association elections supported the removal of the Colonial as the school’s mascot. It was not immediately clear what students plan to replace the Colonial mascot with or even if school administrators will act on the results of the referendum.
The original push to change the mascot started last spring with an online petition, which garnered over 500 signatures. Ashley Le, who served as GW Student Association President at the time, encouraged university administrators to listen to students’ concerns on the matter. The total number of signatories that the petition has amounted to less than 2 percent of the GW student body.
So clearly, universities like James Madison, George Mason, George Washington will have to change their names soon right? I wrote more than 20 years ago, that the attack on Confederate symbols would be only a beginning, well, sad to say I was right.