George Washington University drops colonial nickname

George Washington University has changed its school nickname to the Revolutionaries.

In a video posted Wednesday on the school’s social media accounts, Chuck Todd, host of NBC’s “Meet the Press” and an alumnus of the school made the announcement.

“Raise high Revolutionaries,” Todd said in the video, updating the school’s chant.

The nickname change comes after criticism from students and the university community who felt the previous name “Colonials” represented colonizers “who stole land and resources from indigenous groups, killed or exiled native peoples and introduced slavery into the colonies” according to a statement posted on the university’s website.

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