Require More Immediate Action to Change Name & Mascot of Stratford CT Pop Warner Team

Require More Immediate Action to Change Name & Mascot of Stratford CT Pop Warner Team

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Michele S started this petition to Kevin DeVitto and

The Stratford, Connecticut Pop Warner team has been in this town for over 50 years. Although the team has been very successful l and has even gone out to compete for the New England national competition in 2019, there is one major issue that has been overlooked in the past of this team—the choice of name for itself.

The term “Redskin(s)” is a “slang term”/racial slur used to depict indigenous people from both the United States of America and the First Nations indigenous in Canada. In American English contemporary dictionaries today, this language is now considered “taboo”, “insulting”, “usually offensive”, etc. With the Black Lives Matter movement recently coming into the spotlight, it is important to not only combat police brutality but also address the racist history of this country and of this world. Indigenous people have faced the effects of the westward expansion, President Andrew Jackson’s “Indian Removal Act of 1830” (the policy of removing indigenous people from their land to reservations), resulting in the Trail of Tears; the continuation of indigenous prejudice, the usage of indigenous mascots, depictions in media, and the ongoing fight for the hundreds of missing and murdered indigenous women (MMIW) in the United States.

I have lived in Stratford, Connecticut my entire life. I want to help to make a change in this community by choosing a less offensive name of this team so it does not include an indigenous slur. I want to be an advocate for all minorities who have been victim of the systemic and systematic racism in this country, being a POC myself, and I feel it is necessary to speak on these issues if we want real change and not just performative change. Please sign so more immediate action can be taken to change this name (ie. more funding, etc.).

There is currently a GoFundMe as of June 6, 2020 (although concerning that action was not taken earlier) to help change the name as well, but it has not met its goal. Please consider donating to it instead of directly donating to change.org, because it will not go to the cause itself and will go to this website, which is non a non-profit. 

I do not have any affiliation directly with the Stratford Pop Warner Team Executive Board or its sponsors.

https://ca.gofundme.com/f/stratford-pop-warner-mascot-name-change

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