Ending racist names

George Snedeker snedeker at concentric.net
Fri Apr 13 17:50:17 MDT 2001

I understand from a friend who teaches at St. Johns that many white working
class students resented the name change of the basket ball teem when it took
place. that is not a reason to keep the old racist name. I doubt if St.
Johns students today care much that the name has been changed. getting the
professional teems to change their names will be the real chalange.

----- Original Message -----
From: Charles Brown <CharlesB at CNCL.ci.detroit.mi.us>
To: <marxism at lists.panix.com>
Sent: Friday, April 13, 2001 2:55 PM
Subject: Ending racist names

> APRIL 13, 12:21 EST
> Group Seeks End of Indian Names
> AP Education Writer
> WASHINGTON (AP) ― Saying the use of Indian names and mascots may violate
anti-discrimination laws, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights called for an
end to their use by non-Indian schools, colleges and universities.
> The group's recommendation Friday does not carry the weight of law, but
Indian groups working to get schools to shed the names saw it as an
endorsement of their effort.
> ``I think it's going to make a big difference,'' said Cyd Crue, president
of the Illinois chapter of the National Coalition on Racism in Sports and
the Media. ``I realize it's not the end of stereotypes in sports, but I
think it was really important that a federal commission get involved and
make a statement to move our country toward more equality and social
> The commission said Indian names and mascots could be viewed as
``disrespectful and offensive'' by Indian groups and can create ``a racially
hostile educational environment that may be intimidating to Indian
> American Indian activists and others complain the mascots are
disrespectful, asking schools to get rid of the names and mascots. Though
hundreds of teams still use names such as Indians and Braves, school
districts, colleges and universities have changed their team names at the
urging of Indian groups.
> The St. John's University Redmen are now the Red Storm, while Stanford
fans cheer for the Cardinal instead of the Indians. Miami of Ohio has also
changed its nickname from the Redskins to the RedHawks.
> This week, the Afton, N.Y., school board voted unanimously to stop using
an Indian mascot and logo for its sports teams, doing away with the mascot,
logo and ``Indians'' nickname after this school year ends.
> Last week, New York State Education Commissioner Richard Mills sent a
letter to school districts urging them to drop Indian names, symbols and
> ―――
> On the Net:
> National Coalition on Racism in Sports and the Media:
> http://www.aics.org/NCRSM/index.htm
> U.S. Commission on Civil Rights: http://www.usccr

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