University of Virginia changes athletics logo linked to slavery

by Bryan Brammer · Jun 17th, 2020 2:39 pm

University of Virginia

The University of Virginia has decided to change the logos it uses for its athletic programs after criticism that the new design linked the school's history with slavery. The design was unveiled just two months ago.

Cavaliers fans objected to the serpentine curves on the handles of the sabres below the letter V for Virginia and on the Cavalier shield.

The small detail was meant to imitate "the design of the serpentine walls" located on campus, the school's athletic department said on Monday.

Historians reported that former President Thomas Jefferson designed the eight-foot-high walls to silence the sounds of slaves and keep them hidden.

Once Athletic Director Carla Williams was "made aware of the negative connotation between the serpentine walls and slavery," she ordered for the logos to be altered.

"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," Williams said.

The redesign removes the curved handles and replaces it with straight-line handles.


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