PROVIDENCE, R.I. – This state’s official name — The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations — is more than just a mouthful. To many, it evokes stinging reminders of Rhode Island’s prime role in the trans-Atlantic slave trade.
Voters next Tuesday will decide whether to change the name by dropping the words “and Providence Plantations.” The issue has been debated for years, but lawmakers last year authorized a ballot question for the first time following an impassioned debate over race relations, ancestry and history.
I for one will be voting to lose the antiquated, racist tag line. Although I do find it quite humorous that we’ve allowed it to exist in it’s current form as long as we have… being one of “the most liberal” states in the nation.