Virginia Athletics Changes Logo Because Of Slavery Connection
Virginia Athletics was forced to change its logo this week due to a connection some made between the logo and slavery.
The logo for the athletics department featured a “V” with a pair of sabers that were crossed under it.
“After the release of our new logos on April 24th, I was made aware of the negative connotation between the serpentine walls and slavery,” athletics director Carla Williams said in a statement.
“I was not previously aware of the historical perspective indicating the original eight-foot-high walls were constructed to mask the institution of slavery and enslaved laborers from public view.”
Williams said that the changes were made after she “worked to better educate” herself on matters. She also profusely apologized for any feelings that may have been hurt by the logo.
“There was no intent to cause harm, but we did, and for that I apologize to those who bear the pain of slavery in our history,” she said.
“As such, we have redesigned the logos to remove that detail. All other aspects of the logos will remain the same.”
The decision by the University of Virginia to change its logo over growing controversy has drawn comparisons to statues being taken down across the country because of people getting offended by their history.