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Change your offensive mascot

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I recently was appalled to learn that Alabama School for the Blind uses "Redskins" as the school mascot.  In this day and age, I would hope that we could all be more culturally sensitive than to continue to use mascots of people groups that don't wish to be reduced to mascots, especially if the term being used is a known racial slur.  "Redskin" refers to the scalped head of a Native American sold like a pelt for cash because they were considered so undesirable by whites.  Nobody these days would tolerate a team being called the "N" word used to slander African Americans, for instance; yet people persist in thinking it's somehow okay to use horribly offensive terms if the group is Native American.

My son's father is Cherokee, and I would like to not have to explain to him why people are using racial slurs and using a caricature of Native Americans in the interest of "school spirit" instead of honoring ALL people by refusing to demean in this way.  Native Americans have made it clear repeatedly that they do not appreciate this treatment.  I understand the costs to change the mascot are large, but the costs to the people marginalized by continuing to use this offensive mascot are even greater.  Additionally, it doesn't teach those who aren't Native American to respect others.   I implore you to start the process to choose a different, less offensive mascot.



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