There are days when one has to be at the end of their rope when it comes to being politically correct…this is one of them! This is such inane insanity one has to almost laugh at the absurdity of it all…after-all, we all need some humor these days. The example I’m speaking of below will make you angry at first, but when you stop and think about it all…you have to snicker at the fools that surround us that make it so. In the long run of things that really matter, they are creating their own demise…it will take time, but it will take place eventually.
Anyway folks, enough of my rambling on…here’s the gist of the story:
The University of Mary Washington has changed the name of its campus newspaper, founded in 1922, because of political correctness.
The Fredericksburg, Va., school changed The Bullet to The Blue & Gray Press because the old name “propagated violence,” according to a press release.
The editorial board felt that the paper’s name, which alludes to ammunition for an artillery weapon, propagated violence and did not honor our school’s history in a sensitive manner. The board intends to remain faithful to the history our university stands upon, and we continue to honor this history both in a respectful and meaningful way.
Well, not exactly. Artillery fires shells, guns fire bullets. Still, Editor-in-Chief Alison Thoet told Campus Reform that the university was interested in something more “updated” and “more representative” of its home city. The board picked The Blue & Gray Press because of the history of Civil War battles fought in the area, as well as the school’s colors. However, as Campus Reform points out, Thoet told them, “In this day and age, no one really cares about the Civil War. We wanted something that was updated.” Um, OK.
After media outlets such as Campus Reform and backlash from alumni, the editorial board of the paper slightly redacted its reasoning in an updated open letter.
On August 18, the University of Mary Washington student newspaper announced a revamping, which included the announcement of a new name, The Blue & Gray Press. Since that date, the announcement has been interpreted in some media circles in a manner that misrepresents our decision and intention.
We, as the editorial board, would like to emphasize that the main reasoning behind changing the name was to better connect the newspaper with the student body. As it stood, the previous name of the publication did not have a direct connection to the school community. Therefore, it did not reflect the university it served in the way college newspapers, and all school organizations, should.
The editorial board has no intention of disrespecting the history upon which our school rests. We specifically chose a new name that represents the spirit of the school and acknowledges the history of UMW and Fredericksburg’s region. The name Blue & Gray Press, which incorporates our school colors, respectfully presents a powerful image of school spirit, with a nod toward local history.
The Bullet, a name related to the word ‘bulletin’ and the phrase ‘news as fast as a bullet,’ had become dated and no longer represented adequately the student body nor the university. Blue and Gray symbolize both the community’s history and our school’s spirit. By choosing The Blue & Gray Press as our name we are connecting the past with the present to honor both our beautiful city’s history and our student body’s pride in an identifiable and meaningful way.
The Blue & Gray Press is a symbol of the school it serves and the locale in which it publishes. The name expresses our desire to be an even greater part of both communities in our shared future.
The letter goes on to promise “to continue in the tradition of fair and honest journalism” that has been a staple of The Bullet for almost a century, as one commenter pointed out. Another said:
I was a proud member of the class of ’88. A bit less proud now.
Shame on you. Error and hypocrisy. Abandon history for political correctness stating reasons which are wrong to begin with.
So, what are your reactions to this?
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