New York Students Vote to Change Redskins Mascot
The Washington football team isn’t the only one with the offensive Redskins moniker. But on February 4, students at Cooperstown Central School decided their school would be one less with the offensive nickname.
Cooperstown, New York is home to the Baseball Hall of Fame and where James Fenimore Cooper, author of Last of the Mohicans, grew up.
Replacement nicknames were voted on by students—some of the possibilities include Coyotes, Deerslayers, Hawkeyes, Pathfinders and Wolves, reported The Daily Star. There were also a number a write-in votes to keep Redskins, which has been the school’s mascot since the 1920s.
“I am convinced the time has come to make a change,” Dr. David Borgstom, the district board of education president, told The Daily Star before the students voted. “We cannot continue on a path of recognizing the importance of diversity education, and cultural sensitivity and continue to be called the Redskins.”
The school board will ultimately decide what the new nickname will be. The Daily Star reported in January that the colors and logo, which is a silhouette of the “Indian Hunter” statue by John Quincy Adams Ward, would likely remain the same.
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