Should Rhode Island Change Its Name?

Most people probably don’t know that the official name for what most of us think of as Rhode Island is actually “State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.”  In 2010 there will be a referendum on the ballot for the state’s voters to decide the matter unless the governor vetoes the measure that has been passed by both houses of the Rhode Island legislature.

So why the change?  According to an article in the Providence Journal, “Proponents of the name change say that the word ‘plantations’ is offensive to the African-American community because it conjures up images of slavery.”

One response to “Should Rhode Island Change Its Name?

  1. As another commenter stated: “An overzealous reaction to the word “plantation” isn’t a good enough reason” to change the name of a 372 year old entity established in the pursuit of freedom of religion.

    I don’t know anyone who cringes at the historical name.

    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Our taxes should be spent on positive, not negative matters.

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