Change Lehighton Area School District's Mascot

Change Lehighton Area School District's Mascot

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Concerned Student started this petition to Lehighton Area School District School Board and

Lehighton Area School District is one of the sixty-six public schools that has a racist mascot in Pennsylvania. As a concerned student of a predominately white school district, I have noticed that a lot of other schools throughout PA and the United States as a whole have a racist mascot as well and I am hoping that the Lehighton Area School District acknowledges that their mascot portrays racist stereotypes along with what they make students do during pep rallies, such as chanting tribe pride. Although it was supposed to have the original intent of honoring Indigenous people, it instead creates negative stereotypes and promotes offensive imagery.

By having the mascot as an Indian currently, it directs students toward racism toward Indigenous people. Towards Indigenous kids, it could harm their self-esteem. It also amounts to discrimination. A study found that these mascots "subconsciously reinforce stereotypes, even with only incidental exposure". In that same study, it also found that people who live in cities. Although most schools use these mascots to "honor Indigenous people", that is not the case. It teaches non-Indian children that it is okay to participate in behavior that is culturally abusive and perpetuate false misconceptions about the culture of American Indians. 

By signing this petition, you support my goal of calling out the Lehighton Area School District for having a mascot that is reinforcing negative stereotypes, promoting offensive imagery, directing students toward racism towards Indigenous people, along with teaching students that it's okay to participate in behavior that is culturally abusive. 

sources:
https://payouthcongress.org/2020/07/03/racistmascotsinpa/ 
https://globalsportmatters.com/culture/2018/04/24/native-american-mascots-honoring-culture-symbol-disrespect/
https://www.apa.org/pi/oema/resources/indian-mascots
https://kamiyu910.tumblr.com/post/183556480823 
https://www.publicschoolreview.com/pennsylvania/lehighton-area-school-district 

 

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