Elite private school in New York City changes its logo and motto to fight racism as parents call it wokeism.
In this case, it's a Dutch re-treat.
For three years, a task force at Manhattan's elite Collegiate School worked on a 400-page report about the school's "Dutchman" mascot and motto. Critics say it shows how wokeness can go too far.
During the Herculean fight for PC reform, the Upper East Side school, which costs $60,000 a year, had to change not only its winking playful mascot, but also its motto and even its seal, because they could be offensive.
Several people think the whole thing was just too much, a parent told the Post. "Four hundred pages? That's a lot." It would be good for a mascot. "What's your goal?"
John F. Kennedy Jr. and David Duchovny were both students at a K-12 school in 2019. In 2019, the school began looking into its "history and symbols."
The 394-year-old college hired a 17-person task force, which included Regina Lasko, the wife of David Letterman. The task force was hired to help "combat the institutional and other racism that pervades so much of our society."
The group wrote a 407-page report in 2020 that said the school should change its image.
As part of a long process, the school said last week that they will change their motto from "Unless God, then in vain" to "Speaking wisely to one another and being kind to one another" – in Latin.
The school also completely changed its longtime mascot, the Dutchman, after a debate about how it could make people feel excluded and be too Eurocentric.
The mascot was thought to be a picture of the last Dutch governor of the New Amsterdam colony, Peter Stuyvesant.
An image of a happy Dutchman with a shovel was thrown out by the school board. Instead, they used a completely modern character with a hat over his head who was completely unaware of what was going on in front of him.
They said that 3,000 people at the school voted on both the new motto language and the logo design that would be used for it.
While the task force said it thought the school should keep its Dutchman mascot to keep with tradition, it also said that Collegiate should show its history in a "more complete and historical context."
"A.D." was already removed from Collegiate's seal because "Anno Domini," which means "in the year of God," had ties to the Dutch Reformed Church but is now just another type of business.
The task force also said that the school should change its old motto to one that "conveys a more inclusive message of aspiring beyond oneself, and is in line with Collegiate's Statement of Beliefs," which is what the school says it stands for.
The task force said it asked parents, alumni, students, and faculty for their thoughts on the new branding.
Some people called Stuyvesant a racist anti-Semite because he was a Dutchman, while others said that cutting ties with the school's roots was a bad idea.
Last week, school leaders sent a message to parents saying that "this group worked hard to make sure that our process was inclusive." They were aware that a change like this would be met with a wide range of reactions.
Some Collegiate families said that the long application process was a sign that the school was interested in "woke" things.
A parent said some teachers were behind the push for a new name and that parents were not very interested in the change.
But some people said the school, which is known as one of the best prep schools in the country, had a duty to change with the times.
Kids don't see things the same way their parents do, says a mom who goes to college. That's what I think. I think the administration is trying to keep everyone happy.