Rhode Island May Not Be a 'Plantation' Much Longer

Rhode Island's full, legal name isn't "Dinky Little Who-Cares Land," but actually "the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations." See that last word? "Plantations"? Yeah, like slaves. So there's a ballot measure this year to change that.

National Review, which considers this a "hyper-PC" proposition, leads us to this explanation on a fancy site for ballot nerds called Ballotpedia, which we basically love and take entirely at face-value, as with Wikipedia:

Most people in the United States would assume that the state of Rhode Island's official name is just that - Rhode Island. However, the official name of the state is in fact "State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations". However, if enacted by a majority of state voters, Question 1 would change the official name to just "Rhode Island". The proposal was introduced due to proponents' beliefs that the name can be related to a history of slavery in the state. Representative Joseph Almeida, who sponsored the bill, said "It's high time for us to recognize that slavery happened on plantations in Rhode Island and decide that we don't want that chapter of our history to be a proud part of our name." However, opponents such as Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri, state that the name does not refer to slavery and should not be changed. Carcieri's spokesperson, Amy Kempe, pointed out that "The historical definition of the word 'plantation' is 'settlement or colony' and is no way in reference to the most modern definition associated with slavery."

Do you, the reader, think Rhode Island should eliminate the word "Plantations" from its very regal legal name? Or do you enjoy the irony of the alliterative word combo "Providence Plantations"? Or is this the first time you've ever heard about this Rhode Island place, and have no desire to hear about it again? Discuss. And keep in mind that they'd have to change the logo.