Column: What's in a name? -- New policy affects Indian mascots
Posted: Thursday, May 31, 2012
"Sometimes political correctness supercedes logic.
Which is precisely what has happened with the Oregon Board of Education's recent decision to prohibit Native American-themed nicknames at our state's high schools.
The board voted 5-1 to force schools to change the nicknames by 2017 or risk losing state funding. Eight high schools with Native American nicknames -- Mohawk, Molalla, Roseburg, Scappoose and The Dalles-Wahtonka (all Indians), Banks and Reedsport (Braves) and Rogue River (Chieftains) -- will be required to change their nicknames.
In addition, seven schools that call themselves the Warriors -- Amity, Lebanon, North Douglas, Oakridge, Philomath, Siletz Valley and Warrenton -- must drop logos and mascots that depict Native Americans."
Get the Story:
Kerry Eggers: WHAT'S IN A NICKNAME?
(The Portland Tribune 5/31)
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