Rhode Island Governor Moves to Change State’s Name

As the far-left continues to push for various American institutions or locations to change their historic names, the governor of Rhode Island is taking steps to rename her entire state, according to the New York Post.

Governor Gina Raimondo (D-R.I.), signed an order aimed at changing Rhode Island’s full official name, which is “The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.”

The little-known but official portion of “Providence Plantations” has come under fire in recent days, with some falsely claiming that it carries connotations of slavery. As such, Raimondo’s directive, Executive Order 20-48, directs that the name be simply changed to “Rhode Island.”

Although a full change of the state’s actual name of Rhode Island would require an amendment to the Rhode Island State Constitution, Democrats in the legislature are already pushing for a statewide referendum on changing the state’s name. State Senator Harold Metts (D-R.I.) introduced a bill to do so in the upper chamber, falsely declaring that “it carries a horrific connotation when considering the tragic and racist history of our nation.”

Other renaming efforts in the United States in recent days include an online petition to rename the city of Columbus, the capital city of Ohio, as well as a high school in Camden, New Jersey that had previously been named after President Woodrow Wilson.

About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22).

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