Change the insensitive native mascot of Donna north high school

Change the insensitive native mascot of Donna north high school

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Nicolas Joseph started this petition to Texas Governor and

Being that this school isn’t even a decade old I believe that it still has a chance of removing its chief “mascot.”Examples of schools who did this would be Lamar high school (2014/from redskins to Texans), Welch (from warriors to Wolfpack),Hamilton (from Indians to huskies), so really there is no excuse to not being able not change it. The mascot is a huge stereotype of natives that in fact according to natives I reached out, to very damaging to their community because they have been ridiculed and attacked for expressing love to their culture, by showing it off just for others to steal it and mock them by wearing without knowing the history and culture behind it.

The chief is a staple in this school but it’s ironic since 99.68% of the students are Hispanic,0.32% are white, and 0.00% are native. According to a racial composition of Donna there were 85.15% whites,10.85%other race,2.97%two or more races,0.56%black,0.40%asian, 0.07%native American with the last percents being 0.00% being Pacific Islander. For a city with not that many natives in the area we sure do have them all over it.

The issue behind this is the culture appropriation taking place and the school encouraging it. Because believe it or not that is someone’s culture the are mimicking and degrading towards the people they portrait because it treats them as caricatures , it does the opposite of what it intends and instead of honoring them all it does is increase racism towards them.By having students wear a headdress and portray a native they are disrespecting all it stands and means for them because it’s not just a prop or costume, it’s something meaningful that is earned and the school clearly doesn’t take into consideration how it hurts a community.its not good representation for them and it isn’t acceptable because the are NOT MASCOTS they are people who demand respect for their culture just as they do for us.

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