Buzzfeed: New York High School Will No Longer Use “Redskins” As A Mascot

Here, and an excerpt:

On Monday night, school board members announced that Lancaster High School in New York will no longer use “Redskins” as a nickname and mascot. The school’s new nickname has not yet been decided, but “Red Hawk” is rumored to be a favored replacement.

When the decision was announced, parents in support of the name began chanting “Let’s go Redskins,” and told the school board that its action will be temporary. One supporter of the name asked, “Why are we being bullied?”

The debate over the school nickname, which it has held for 68 years, heated up when three nearby districts with large numbers of Native American students — Akron, Niagara Wheatfield, and Lake Shore — boycotted the school over the mascot name. Akron and Lake Shore also cancelled lacrosse games between the Buffalo-area teams.

We have posted on this issue in the past, as Colorado has introduced a bill to ban the use of offensive Native mascots.  NCAI also has a campaign on this issue, and more information on that can be seen here.



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