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More Likely These Redskins will Change Name? Mascot Controversy Boils Down to Middle and High Schools


Controversy is brewing over demands that the Redskins change their name – but it's not the Washington Redskins.

Instead it's the Lamar High School Redskins in the Houston Independent School District.

While the owner of the nation's capital NFL franchise Dan Snyder rejects pressure for a name change, the head of this Houston school district is pushing the change.

Three other schools in the school district would also drop their Native American mascot names if the Houston school district's board of trustees follows the suggestion of HISD Superintendent Terry Grier, who wants to drop all race-based mascot names.

This would also apply to other Houston schools, the Hamilton Middle School Indians, Westbury High School Rebels and the Welch Middle School Warriors.

“The district is providing assistance to principals at those schools to work with their communities to honor the traditions of the old mascots while having new ones in place in time for the opening of school next August,” Grier said in a statement released Monday, according to KHOU.

Specifically, the proposal prohibits the use of “any race or ethnic group" as a mascot,” the Houston Chronicle reported.

"HISD must retire, respectfully, school symbols that no longer reflect the values of who we are - proudly diverse, inclusive, forward-thinking and committed to instilling character and social awareness in our youngsters,” Grier wrote in an oped in the Chronicle. “The Lamar Redskins, Hamilton Indians, Welch Warriors and Westbury Rebels must become a part of HISD's history."


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