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George Washington Insulted Here

George Washington Insulted Here
The George Washington Colonials mascot walks on the court in the second half against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams during the Semifinals of the 2014 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Tournament at Barclays Center on March 15, 2014, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

By with Michael R. Shannon
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 09:30 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Higher education continues to be a hotbed of imitation.

Recently the Mascot Police made a raid on the campus of George Washington University in Washington, D.C. It appears the current mascot is not politically correct and has managed to offend citizens across the nation and even citizens of other nations who may not have even been aware there was a George Washington University with a problematic mascot.

I, for one, am a citizen of the USA and the mascot didn’t bother me one bit, but I’m also white, so that might be why.

The university’s mascot, according to a report on Fox News, was adopted in 1926 and had a clean record until it recently began offending at an impressive rate. The foam and latex creature in question is a “colonial” and was “intended as a reference to colonial America and the Continental Army.”

This only indicates to me that the powers-that-be at GWU have had a problem with symbolism for decades. “Colonial America” and the “Continental Army” are diametrically opposed and in perpetual conflict. The Continental Army came into being for the sole purpose of ending America’s role as a colony of Great Britain. If the Continental Army hadn’t been successful, America would have remained a colony and part of the British Empire, just like Canada. Which would mean there would never be a George Washington University although there might be a marker noting where he was hung.

I’ll wager that if any veterans of the Continental Army were still alive they would find a "Colonial" mascot, as the students term it, “extremely offensive,” but only for the reason mentioned previously.

So "Colonials" was a poor choice from the beginning, although not for the reason hysterical leftist students would have one believe.

So far enough snowflakes, 200 at last count, to make a miniature snowball have signed a petition to remove the mascot. One student, doing his best to sound pretentious and outraged simultaneously, squeaked, “It’s very wrong for us to call ourselves an open and welcoming university when the name means such demise (sic) and terror for students who could possibly come here.”

The terror (who knows what he meant regarding “demise”) supposedly emanating from, “The historically, negatively-charged figure of Colonials has too deep a connection to colonization and glorifies the act of systemic oppression.”

The student’s solution is to suggest a worse mascot, the “Hippos.” That would last until a fat woman happened to be in the vicinity when the crowd shouted, “Go Hippos!”

My solution would be to go back to 1926 and choose the correct mascot, which would be "The Continentals." That’s how the soldiers referred to themselves and if it’s good enough for the men who made our freedom possible, it’s good enough for me.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read more of Michael Shannon's reports — Go Here Now.

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