Let students vote to change the mascot of Council Rock North from the Indian
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For years, the official mascot of Council Rock High School North in Newtown, Pennsylvania has been the Indian.
Not only have "hundreds of tribal nations, national and regional tribal organizations, civil rights organizations, school boards, sports teams, sports and media personalities, and individuals [...] called for the end to harmful 'Indian' mascots" according to the National Congress of American Indians and the National Indian Education Association, but according to surveys of countless studies, journals, and reports, just to link a few, the use of Native Americans and Native American imagery as mascots perpetuates racial bias.
Furthermore, dressing up as an Indian furthers negative stereotypes of Native Americans and cannot be tolerated. And tomahawk chops and war cries by fans and marching bands are racist as well. If we can't dress up or act for school spirit then why have the mascot at all? If we had an animal or object for a mascot, then all students and members of the community would be able to use our mascot's imagery to create school pride.
For those that argue that changing a mascot requires a lot of money, Adidas has pledged to help high schools ditch their offensive mascots. But there is no price too high to end racism anyway.
This petition calls for the school board of the Council Rock School District or the Administration of North itself to initiate a vote to see if the students want to keep or change the mascot.
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