Change the Morgantown High School Mascot

Change the Morgantown High School Mascot

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The Morgantown High School mascot is insensitive and disrespectful to Native American culture. The name "Mohigan" was created syllable by syllable from the "Morgantown High Annual" (The former MHS yearbook), pulling the first few letters from each word. It was then decided that it sounded like a tribal name, and slowly the Morgantown High Mohigan was created. The Mascot itself pulls from racial and cultural stereotypes, as well as wearing mock-Native American clothing. Using Native Americans as mascots also portrays and continues the connotation of them being "costumes" and being the same as animals. On top of this, the MHS M&Ms all wear Native American-esque dresses and headbands with feathers. The head majorette wears a golden dress with a headdress. This is cultural misappropriation and can be detrimental to how these groups and cultures are viewed. The Morgantown High Mascot NEEDS to be changed.

Helpful resources:

http://www.ncai.org/proudtobe

https://wvutoday.wvu.edu/media-center-blog/2020/07/14/expert-pitch-retiring-the-nfl-s-redskins-name-seen-as-social-economic-victory

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7Bmj3uDqVI