Bill would make Mich. fund schools' mascot changes

Michigan lawmakers are introducing legislation requiring a state department to reimburse schools that may have to drop their American Indian mascots.
AP Wire
May 16, 2013

 

The bills would take $3 million out of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights' budget to cover the costs for schools to change the mascots if a federal complaint succeeds.

The department filed a complaint in February asking the U.S. Education Department to ban K-12 schools from using such mascots. The complaint says they deny equal rights to American Indian students.

Republican Rep. Dan Lauwers of Brockway said a plan must be in place in case the "misguided complaint" succeeds.

Department spokeswoman Vicki Levengood said they have recommended that schools are given extra time to change their mascots so they don't incur many expenses.

Comments

Wolverine49457

Perhaps a lesson in the concept of "sticks and stones" along with how native American logo's and mascots are intended to honor and respect the chosen tribes for their unwavering character, bravery in battle and ability to overcome hardship and obstacles successfully without bellyaching about it; to align your school in spirit to such integrity and pride says we as a body are as tough as they are!
Once upon a time it meant something good about your school and now it is an insult?

sirhansalot

Lets start with "redskins" The term is controversial as it is considered by some to be extremely offensive (an r-word for Native Americans equivalent to the n-word for African-Americans2]the consensus based upon a comparison of current dictionary definitions is that the term has negative or disparaging connotations. Not the best way to honor a person or culture.

 

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