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DC Council considers bill to ban race-based mascots at schools

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The D.C. Council is considering a bill to ban all race-based mascots, imagery and logos in public schools.

The bill was introduced by council members Kenyan R. McDuffie (D) and David Grosso (I). It comes after the council passed a resolution calling for the elimination of the Washington NFL team's racist mascot.

D.C. Council member Kenyan R. McDuffie discusses his bill to outlaw race-based mascots in public schools. Photo from Twitter

“While I believe we must continue to apply pressure to change the Washington football team’s name, I do not believe we can do it without an air of hypocrisy if we do not address the offensive team names in our own backyard,” McDuffie said in a statement, The Washington Post reported.

According to American Indian Cultural Support, a small number of schools in D.C. retain "Indians" and "Warriors" mascots. The school with a "Warriors" mascot uses "African native" imagery, The Washington Post reported.

Get the Story:
D.C. Council considers bill to ban Indian mascots at schools (The Washington Post 9/24
District of DeBonis: D.C. Council bill could force city schools to drop ‘Indians’ or ‘Warriors’ mascots (The Washington Post 9/23)
DC considers ban on American Indian nicknames (AP 9/23)

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