Update Torrington's School Mascot from the "Red Raiders" to the "Abolitionists"

Update Torrington's School Mascot from the "Red Raiders" to the "Abolitionists"

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Steph Burr started this petition to Torrington Board of Education

Torrington Connecticut is a city that takes pride in its history of being the birthplace of famous abolitionist John Brown.  Despite this claim to fame, Torrington High Schools mascot still remains the "Red Raiders", a outdated homage to the oppression of Indigenous people that even makes mention of the skin tone stereotype.  There has been action to remove the word "Red" but we feel this is not enough.

By signing this petition, we encourage you to help us advocating for the change of the current mascot to a much more relevant and modern mascot of the "Torrington Abolitionists". 

Instead of the shallow symbol of colonialism and oppression, the town should honor its own history and give the high school students a mascot that they can be proud to represent. 

No high school student should be deterred from participating in sports due to the shame of wearing outdated symbolism.  Most high school student today understand the troubling implications of the current mascot, and may look back on their days wearing the uniform with shame rather than pride.

Now is the time for change, and we are proposing a great alternative.  Please sign this petition to show your support for modernizing the mascot, rejecting colonialism, and honoring one of the greatest revolutionary leaders in American History, John Brown.

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