save the name Colonels for Brattleboro Union High School

save the name Colonels for Brattleboro Union High School

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Dan Hermansson started this petition to Alumni and

It has recently been brought up that the Brattleboro Union High School nickname Colonels has had some kick back to the name and some people think it should be changed. 

My goal of this petition is to keep the nickname in place. As a proud Colonel alumni I think the name should stay. 

Some points that I would like to bring to attention.

“the colonel mascot, of the Brattleboro colonels, is a racist name that is deeply rooted in the history of the enslavement of black people, the civil war, and the racist history of Brattleboro.” From the petition to remove the nickname colonels.

Colonel in the Websters dictionary: “ an army officer of high rank, in particular in the US Army, Air Force, and Marine corps. An officer above a lieutenant Colonel and below a brigadier general.

In the petition to remove the nickname, they use the image of the old colonel mascot. Attempting to tie the two together. The image has been removed from the school for over 15 years as of now and no longer has ties to the name colonels.

The colonel mascot was removed in 2005 and there was an opportunity to change the nickname of the high school at that point.

In the petition it states that Colonel William Brattle was a recorded slave holder, If this it true are we going to change the name of the whole town? George Washington was also a recorded slave holder, should we take him off the one dollar bill? Where does it stop?

The name change will be very costly. South Burlington changed from “Rebels” to "Wolves" and it cost taxpayers over two million dollars to do so.

The median household income for Brattleboro is 39.402 a year.

The median household income for South Burlington is 66,197 a year.

How would the town afford the re-brand? Especially during this pandemic when a lot of people are not working?

I have been doing countless research on this topic on how we came to pick this name. We were moving on from the name "organ grinders" which was chosen from the Esty work shop and their production of organs. The fields at Ft Dummer was a camp for the North in the Civil war.  The School had voted in the name Colonels in the 1950's. The school did not have an official "mascot" they used a varitey of symbols on the year book to include the Colonel rank insignia on the 1957 year book. The "old man leaning on the cane" was not chosen until the 60's when Darrel Sawyer (the football coach at the time) requested permission to use the logo from Ole Miss. The logo has been removed from the school going on 17 years now and the current senior class most likely wouldn't even recognize the logo let alone toe the association to the school. The claims that Brattleboro is deeply rooted in hate and slavery is just not true. The territory of Vermont was the first to remove slavery from the union, prior to it becoming a state in 1791. The word Colonel is a prestigious rank in the military which many do not get to achieve. Curtis Reed stated in 2004 when the old logo was removed "it was never the name that was the issue it was the logo."

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