Originally written on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 6/26/13
While the Washington Redskins are fighting to keep their controversial team name, it was presumed that high schools would begin disassociating themselves from the likeness. That's exactly what happened in Washington state. The Peninsula Daily News reported Monday that the Port Townsend School Board unanimously decided to ditch the "Redskins" name for Port Townsend High School after 87 years of existence. "No one believes the Redskins name and symbol are intentionally hurtful or disrespectful toward Native Americans," said School Board member Ann Burkhart, who made the motion. "But I fail to see how a symbol, even a revered symbol, that is generally acknowledged to be divisive can be helpful in preparing students for success in the increasingly connected and collaborative 21st Century." The campaign to remove the name started in 2012, when local resident Andrew Sheldon wrote the School Board, saying he's “offended, embarrassed and ashamed by our school mascot.” After...
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