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Rhode Island Moves To Change State’s Official Name Amid Slavery Connotations

In what might be the most absurd and overly aggressive moves in order to pander to the Left, one state is literally planning to change its official name to remove “racial connotations.”

Rhode Island Democratic Governor Raimondo announced on Twitter that she has signed an executive order authorizing her state to change its official name following the death of George Floyd.

In the wake of Floyd’s death, which happened while he was in police custody, liberals and groups across the country are targeting statues and memorials of people they claim to be racially oppressive.

Now, apparently, Rhode Island’s official state name is racist and must be changed, CBS News reported.

Raimondo said the official name, the “State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations,” would be dropping the second half of its name.

“Our work to dismantle systemic racism in Rhode Island did not start today and it will not end today, but we can rise together and make meaningful progress toward racial equity now,” Raimondo said.

“Rhode Island was founded on the principles of acceptance and tolerance, and our state’s name – and actions – should reflect those values,” she added.

“The steps I am announcing today are just the beginning, and I am fully committed to continuing to work alongside the community in stamping out individual and institutional racism in our state,” she continued.

The Hill reports:

Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) signed an executive order on Monday declaring that her office would not use the word “plantations” in future executive orders, citations, or on its website.

And last week, the Rhode Island state House signaled it will move forward with state Senate legislation to get a referendum on the name change on the November ballot. The state’s only Black state senator, Harold Metts, introduced the bill.

“Whatever the meaning of the term ‘plantations’ in the context of Rhode Island’s history, it carries a horrific connotation when considering the tragic and racist history of our nation,” Metts said in a statement last week, according to the Providence Journal.

The name change will now be subject to a vote on November’s ballot.

“I urge the voters to approve the name change in November but will take all measures now that are within my control to eliminate the name from my official communications and those of my executive agencies,” the governor said in the order.

It’s bad enough that some liberals are wanting statues of American’s founding fathers and former presidents to be torn down.

Now they are wanting a state to change its name because one word is triggering some people.