Because of Slavery Connotations, Rhode Island May Change Its Official Name
On Monday, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo signed Executive Order 20-48, changing the official name of the state from “The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations” to just “Rhode Island.”
This will include changing the name in official communications from the governor’s office and calls on all state executive agencies to remove “plantations” from their websites, according to the New York Post.
However, the Post continues that to change the name of the state permanently, an amendment to the state’s Constitution is needed. There have been previous attempts to do this, but when it appeared on the ballot in 2010, almost 78% of voters opposed an amendment removing the words “Providence Plantations” from the state’s name.
One would think the state would drop the word “Island” from its name, since that’s just an outright lie. But, by removing words from the state’s name that probably most of us didn’t even know existed, they magically solved the problem of racism. Just ask them.