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The Associated Press is worried that the state of Rhode Island, which until the Racial Reckoning was officially known as “Rhode Island and Providence Plantations,” hasn’t yet blasted the word “Plantations” from every civic building in case somebody takes offense:

A year later, Rhode Island buildings still say ‘Plantations’

By JENNIFER McDERMOTT
November 20, 2021

Visitors to the Rhode Island State House, in Providence, R.I., pass by the state seal on the rotunda floor that displays Rhode Island’s full former name, Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021. Voters chose to strip the words “and Providence Plantations” from Rhode Island’s formal name a year ago by approving a statewide referendum that was revived amid the nation’s reckoning with racial injustice following the murder of George Floyd. The phrase remains on walls, doors, floors and rugs.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island dropped “Providence Plantations” from its name a year ago, but not from its buildings.

Providence Plantations is written in the script in marble near the State House dome and on bronze plaques in the entryway. The state seal with the full former name is on the rotunda floor, the elevator doors, door numbers and directional signs. It’s even on the rug in front of George Washington’s portrait in the state room.

Voters chose to strip the words “and Providence Plantations” from Rhode Island’s formal name a year ago by approving a statewide referendum, which was revived amid the nation’s reckoning with racial injustice following the murder of George Floyd. The word “Plantations” didn’t specifically refer to a place where slaves labored, but supporters of the measure insisted it elicited such imagery and was offensive.

Providence Plantations was the name of the first European settlement in Rhode Island in 1636. Providence Plantations was founded by the formerly famous great liberal Roger Williams. From Wikipedia.

Thus, Williams founded the first place in modern history where citizenship and religion were separate, providing religious liberty and separation of church and state. This was combined with the principle of majoritarian democracy. …

Williams formed firm friendships and developed deep trust among the Native American tribes, especially the Narragansetts. He was able to keep the peace between the Native Americans and the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations for nearly 40 years by his constant mediation and negotiation. He twice surrendered himself as a hostage to the Native Americans to guarantee the safe return of a great sachem from a summons to a court: Pessicus in 1645 and Metacom (“King Philip”) in 1671. …

Williams’ defense of the Native Americans, his accusations that Puritans had reproduced the “evils” of the Anglican Church, and his insistence that England pay the Native Americans for their land all put him at the center of many political debates during his life. He was considered an important historical figure of religious liberty at the time of American independence, and he was a key influence on the thinking of the Founding Fathers.

But Roger Williams was a white man, so now he’s bad.

 
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  1. It should be remembered that Roger Williams also seriously considered expelling Quakers from Providence Plantations for their religious errors.
    He didn’t, so we got Richard Nixon as President.
    Cancel the name for great-grandfather!

  2. accusations that Puritans had reproduced the “evils” of the Anglican Church

    Such as discarding the majority of the Christian sacraments.

    He twice surrendered himself as a hostage to the Native Americans to guarantee the safe return of a great sachem from a summons to a court: Pessicus in 1645 and Metacom (“King Philip”) in 1671.

    As in King Philip’s war. Proportionately the deadliest war in American history. Not a good move, Roger.

    However, Roger Williams believed we are all born free:

    [MORE]

    • Replies: @Wency
  3. Merge Rhode Island with Connecticut and Long Island. Call the new state “Beyond Hope.”

    • LOL: Hibernian
    • Replies: @The Alarmist
    , @Reg Cæsar
  4. You’d think iconoclasm would be a thing of the past in our brave new world of scientism.

    • Replies: @SunBakedSuburb
  5. Anon[268] • Disclaimer says:

    He was able to keep the peace between the Native Americans and the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations for nearly 40 years

    Yes, this 40 year peace came to an end with the outbreak of “King Phillip’s War” (Phillip was the name given to the Indian “king”), where the Indians, in a fit of xenophobia, viciously attacked the British colonists, who were mere meek religious refugees.

    Fortunately, these intrepid religious outcasts defended themselves from the hateful Native American racists, and eventually won the war. Praise be to Diversity and Multiculturalism!

    • Replies: @Jenner Ickham Errican
  6. tyrone says:

    plantation=farm ,or maybe big farm…….anyway, the project enstupidate America proceeds on pace.

    • Agree: mc23
    • Replies: @mc23
  7. @James Speaks

    Include Manhattan and Massachusetts, and you can call it “The Eastern Land of Make Believe.”

    • Replies: @James Speaks
  8. Because TPTB have sacralized a bunch of people who are dim, and cultivated their grievance and solipsism …

    we’re supposed to run around and whack even unrelated and innocuous language and history.

    • Replies: @Jack D
  9. @Anon

    and eventually won the war

    The struggle continues:

  10. Blockquote of 3 paragraphs about how peaceful, agreeable, friendly, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent the founder of Rhode Island, Roger Williams, or Williams, Roger, as he was known on the ship’s manifest, was and anecdotes about his faith in the goodness of the noble Native Americans…

    Thing is, “PLANTATIONS!”. I saw cotton and I saw black, tall white mansions and little shacks. I heard screamin’ and bullwhips crackin’… That’s the “thought” that goes through the modern woke person’s lizard brain. It’s called triggering, Steve, and they don’t like it. MAKE! IT! STOP!*

    By the way, I had no idea of the full name of that measly state. I didn’t spend time scrutinizing the State seal when I was there. I just spent an hour getting some nice views of the Atlantic off some rocky cliffs, then took the POS rent-a-car that the guy told me not to take out of state up to Portland, Maine, then across the White, then Green Mountains, almost running out of gas, then pulled into Montpelier in the morning, getting one as-yet-unpaid parking ticket when I went into a drugstore to get a postcard and another when I went into the post office 5 minutes later to mail it. I’m been very careful when I have gone back into Vermont over the last 30 years, needless to say.

    .

    * Well, I mean make Neil Young’s penning of really ignorant lyrics STOP, not his great high-distortion electric guitar sound.

    • Replies: @Jack D
    , @Koorbash
  11. Jack D says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    Now that Plantations has been cancelled, next we have to cancel the word “Cotton”. They need to think of a new name for it, like how they keep on coming up for new names for rayon because rayon has a reputation for being cheap and unpleasant. Maybe “plant wool” – no bad associations for that.

  12. Jack D says:
    @AnotherDad

    If it was just silly word games and wasting money chiseling out mosaics and pulling down statues, that would be almost tolerable. But the other side (not the lowly minions who are too stupid to understand that plantation is not synonymous with slavery but the leadership) knows what they are doing – they are remaking American history in preparation for a permanent change in regime. When the Russians took over Konigsberg, they changed everything – the name of the city, all of the monuments, the street signs, etc. The idea was to erase the city as a German city and remake it as a Russian one. But the American Left is seeking a bloodless (or no more bloody than necessary) coup rather than rolling in with tanks and artillery.

    When they got called on CRT in Virginia they denied that this is what they were doing because it’s too soon to drop the pretense.

  13. No need for Providence, since everything just is. Yeah! It’s right here in my hand-held device.
    No need for Plantation, since it is only through hunting and gathering that we can avert Climate Catastrophe.

  14. mc23 says:
    @tyrone

    The town I live in was originally part of a plantation in the 1680s. Not a slave in sight at the founding.

  15. I may be wrong but I believe the Rhode Island state motto is “I know a guy…”

  16. OT but good news: The billionaire who will soon own CNN says it needs actual journalists.

    “I would like to see CNN evolve back to the kind of journalism that it started with, and actually have journalists, which would be unique and refreshing,”

    https://www.newsmax.com/politics/johnmalone-cnn-warnerbros-discovery/2021/11/21/id/1045596/

    • LOL: Hibernian
  17. From the dept. of “you try to be cynical but you can’t keep up”; somewhat OT-https://www.joannejacobs.com/2021/11/mad-studies-fights-saneism-on-campus/

    Saneism is the last frontier.

  18. PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island dropped “Providence Plantations” from its name a year ago, but not from its buildings.

    It bothers me much more that a State named “Rhode Island” is not, in fact, an island of any sort.

    • Replies: @ScarletNumber
  19. @Jack D

    But the American Left is seeking a bloodless (or no more bloody than necessary) coup rather than rolling in with tanks and artillery.

    All of this stuff, especially the CRT themed nonsense, is the first step – the “smash” – in a society wide “smash and grab” operation.

    It’s meant to remove any defenses that we would have had to reappropriations of property which will be the spoils distributed to the new regime loyalists. We’re well into this. The Rittenhouse case was itself a symptom of this – a clearer cut case of self-defense (on film no less) you couldn’t find, but he was maliciously prosecuted anyway as if the sacred right to self-defense recognized since William the Conqueror through Blackstone* and into Angl0-American law before the Revolution. What defense in law will you have to the new regime taking your house and your effects, when all you have are the scribblings of musty old white supremacists?

    *The defence of one’s self, or the mutual and reciprocal defence of such as stand in the relations of husband and wife, parent and child, master and servant. In these cases, if the party himself, or any of these his relations, be forcibly attacked in his person or property, it is lawful for him to repel force by force; and the breach of the peace, which happens, is chargeable upon him only who began the affray. For the law, in this case, respects the passions of the human mind; and (when external violence is offered to a man himself, or those to whom he bears a near connection) makes it lawful in him to do himself that immediate justice, to which he is prompted by nature, and which no prudential motives are strong enough to restrain. It considers that the future process of law is by no means an adequate remedy for injuries accompanied with force; since it is impossible to say, to what wanton lengths of rapine or cruelty outrages of this sort might be carried, unless it were permitted a man immediately to oppose one violence with another. Self-defence, therefore, as it is justly called the primary law of nature, so it is not, neither can it be in fact, taken away by the law of society. In the English law particularly it is held an excuse for breaches of the peace, nay even for homicide itself: but care must be taken, that the resistance does not exceed the bounds of mere defence and prevention; for then the defender would himself become an aggressor

  20. LondonBob says:

    Plantation meant colonisation, planting settlers, hence the Plantation of Ulster under James I.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    , @Hibernian
  21. Nachum says:

    “didn’t specifically refer to a place where slaves labored”

    You have to love that “specifically,” leaving a door open to just saying that Rhode Island was chockablock with African slaves.

  22. @James Speaks

    Merge Rhode Island with Connecticut and Long Island. Call the new state “Beyond Hope.”

    A century ago, Connecticut and Rhode Island (and Providence Plantations) were the only states not to ratify the 18th Amendment.

  23. The Associated Press is worried that the state of Rhode Island, which until the Racial Reckoning was officially known as “Rhode Island and Providence Plantations,” hasn’t yet blasted the word “Plantations” from every civic building in case somebody takes offense:

    An even greater affront to the sensibilities of Negroes, delicate Social Justice Warriors, and Virtue Signallers is that the threatening word “niggardly” has not yet been removed from dictionaries, thessauri, and eventually all printed matter. Let’s get our priorities straight, people.

  24. hhsiii says:

    I posted before, but kind of related, some folks are also upset that deeds with racial covenants are still in title history. The fact the Supreme Court ruled them invalid in 1948 isn’t enough. Some people have a lot of time on their hands, space in their heads, etc.

    https://www.npr.org/2021/11/17/1049052531/racial-covenants-housing-discrimination

    • Replies: @Jack D
  25. Jack D says:
    @hhsiii

    I heard some kind of black activist on the radio claiming that these covenants were effective until the 1970s (thus explaining why black people are not as wealthy as whites). The stupidification of America continues apace.

    Look, we’ve passed the point where it’s considered to be wrong to go back and alter the past. If they have to take scissors to all the old deed books and cut out the racial covenants it won’t be the worst waste in the trillions of \$ of money that Biden wants to spend.

    Racial covenants had a relatively brief heyday – as you say they ended in 1948. While there were some covenants going back into the 19th century, most got going after the Supreme Court decision in Buchanan v. Warley in 1917 ruled that it was illegal to prohibit the sale of property to blacks by passing an ordinance. Since covenants were “private” contracts between the parties, they were then deployed as a legal alternative until they too were struck down.

    • Thanks: Hhsiii
  26. @The Alarmist

    “… iconoclasm … scientism …”

    Scientism will be spared the current bout of capitalist-financed Trotskyite nihilism. It is the state religion in the West. Its tenets suit the genocidal agenda that seems to be in vogue. .

  27. @Jack D

    “Plant wool” is a good one, Jack. You have a bright future as a corporate naming consultant. I would have thought the name “Rayon” was gone just due to a trademark expiration. Dupont sure invented a lot of neat stuff though.

  28. So sick of this shit. Plantation did not mean you had slaves or am I wrong. Buffalo’s singer. song writer, Ani DiFranco, made the never to be forgiven sin, of hosting a conference at the five star Amelia Island Plantation Resort on Amelia Island, Florida. It is a word. It is historical, not hysterical. Get over this shit.

  29. Marty T says:

    IIRC the vote to change the name was very close. I bet in the coming backlash year of 2022, a referendum to restore the old name would have a shot to pass. Rhode Island actually is relatively culturally conservative by blue state standards. Anyone in Rhode Island want to step up and put it on the ballot?

  30. Anonymous[381] • Disclaimer says:

    It’s funny to me because I lived there for the first try on that referendum and they sure didn’t sleep on their activisming. A slave supply had existed to the south in Newport but don’t ask who was running them.

    Does the restaurant chain (franchise?) Soup Plantation still exist? I’m guessing not. Also: the Frito bandit, the Land-o-Lakes Harvard Law professor, and anything with “Eskimo” were cleansed for no discernible 1619 reasons. So this is some womanish sensitivity malfunction more than a coherent political project. Look at Youngkin immediately bringing in the cyberbullied gender-benders — everything has to be prepared to the palate of the composite “Ellen” audience, which does include serial killer mystery podcasts of course.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  31. @LondonBob

    Plantation meant colonisation, planting settlers, hence the Plantation of Ulster under James I.

    And how popular is that today?

  32. SafeNow says:

    O/T. The NYT says kids should eat quickly on Thanksgiving. Here is a good training film to show kids.
    (only 46 seconds, but a great NYT role model)

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
  33. Hibernian says:
    @LondonBob

    That is an unfortunate example.

  34. Koorbash says:
    @Achmed E. Newman

    The lyrics of “Southern Man” barely touch those of “Cortez the Killer” in their romantic stupidity:

    And the women all were beautiful
    And the men stood straight and strong
    They offered life in sacrifice
    So that others could go on

    Hate was just a legend
    And war was never known
    The people worked together
    And they lifted many stones

    And they carried them to the flat lands
    But they died along the way
    And they build up with their bare hands
    What we still can’t do today

    Actually, given the state of contemporary America’s infrastructure, maybe ol’ Neil had a point about the Aztecs’ and Incas’ ability to build and get things done?

    But the sound of Neil Young’s guitar, long may it echo. Amazing.

    The lyrics of those songs, though, are perhaps good illustrations of how politics are downstream from culture.

    Guns and Roses’ “One in a Million,” however, shows that musical success does not always translate into politics.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  35. @Anonymous

    Aye-yaye! He’s the Frito Bandito. Don’t try to appropriate it, Gringo. We don’t need no steeeenking corn cheeeeps, Senor!

  36. @Koorbash

    The lyrics of “Southern Man” barely touch those of “Cortez the Killer” in their romantic stupidity:

    With this comment, you are preaching to the freaking Bishop, Mr. Koorbash! Just for you (as nobody else reads this stuff), here is Peak Stupidity with “A Visual Fisking of Cortez the Killer”.

    Yes, it’s one of my favorite guitars solos of his, but I’d have to put Powderfinger and Like a Hurricane in a tie for a close 2nd. I don’t know that particular G&R song. For best guitar solo of all time without stupid lyrics (very good ones, even) I nominate Dire Straights’ Mark Knofler’s Telegraph Road.

    … then came the lawyers, then came the rules …

  37. Hhsiii says:

    Big thumbs up for Powderfinger. Also the guitar interplay in Down by the River between Young and Danny Whitten.

  38. Changing the name will alter thousands of years of genetics, finally making Afficans affable and non-violent.

    85 will be as 100 when the yoke of oppressive statuary and triggery* scary words is lifted!

    Shmuley will no longer be able to turn Afficans into “Bro-lems” trained to hate YT!

    And the world will live as One!

    * Triggery is now Tregro.

  39. Wency says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Ha!

    But seriously I guess the evils he’s talking about are just the corrupt nature of a Protestant state church? I think you and I may have had this discussion before — the Protestant state church as the most degenerate of all ecclesiologies. I believe in the Five Solae, but in practice if I had to live under a single state-mandated church, I’d take either Catholicism or Orthodoxy over State-Run Protestantism (at least in its modern incarnations). The Catholic Church, ironically, is in closer alignment to the Five Solae than the Church of England is.

    Williams was apparently a Reformed Baptist (and a key founder of the Baptists in America). To the degree that the American model of Protestantism is, for all its flaws, the best model of Protestantism, home to the majority of the rich world’s churchgoing faithful, some credit might be owed to Williams. Which doesn’t help his chances for any leftist rehabilitation along Steve’s lines.

  40. I’m surprised to still see ads for affluent active-retiree type housing developments that call themselves Something-or-Other Plantation. Usually some gauzy sunset photo with a lake, a heron, a pair of Adirondack chairs and some southern-looking branches poking into the frame

    • Agree: Achmed E. Newman
  41. @ScarletNumber

    The State is not an island. If the State was coterminous with the island, it would make sense to name the State “Aquidneck Island.”

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