PODCAST: Rep Marcia Ranglin-Vassell – remove “Providence Plantations” from the state’s name

Providence Representative Marcia Ranglin-Vassell (D) tells WPRO’s Tara Granahan that she plans on introducing legislation to remove “Providence Plantations” from the state’s official name, “The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.”

“It’s a reminder to me, it’s a reminder to people of African decent, and a reminder to all of us…that this was a plantation. We don’t need to be reminded of that, we know what happened on the Providence Plantation, we know that Brown was a major slave trader,” Ranglin-Vassell told Granahan.

Representative Ranglin-Vassell also discussed her opposition to President Donald Trump’s policies.

Listen to the full conversation below:

  • thomas quinn

    Then I demand that the Ritz Company and others stop using the word “Cracker” on their boxes. Cracker is a demeaning word for a white person. “In his 1964 speech “The Ballot or the Bullet”, Malcolm X used the term “cracker” in reference to white people in a pejorative context”. Also “On June 27, 2013, in the trial of George Zimmerman, concerning the shooting of Trayvon Martin, a witness under examination (Rachel Jeantel) testified that Martin said (on the phone) to her that a “creepy ass cracker is following me” minutes before the altercation between Martin and Zimmerman occurred. So I demand that the word “cracker” be removed from all products using that term as I find it racially offensive. By the way, you can change the state name to “State of Rhode Island and Large Farms” if you like. That’s what a plantation is after all.