NC Schools Encouraged To Remove Indian Mascots

Many schools still have not changed their team nicknames years after the issue of Indian mascots in North Carolina schools was raised.

The Virginian-Pilot reported Friday that former state Board of Education member Eddie Davis spoke at a Dare County education board meeting. He encouraged Manteo schools to stop using Indian mascots, particularly the "Redskins" team name.

Manteo Middle School's principal Terry McGinness said Dare County has worked to diminish any potentially offensive characterization by scaling down use of Indian-head images in logos at the schools.

Seventy-three of the state's 117 school districts used Indian mascots in 2000, now 42 do.

The state education board asked districts to review their policies toward Indian mascots, but letting schools decide.

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  • by jimmy Location: pitt county on Aug 15, 2011 at 12:50 PM
    Many years ago the NCAA asked a school in South Dakota to stop calling their mascot the Fighting Braves. The school asked why sould they.. as all their students were Dakota
  • by shawn Location: iowa on Oct 15, 2008 at 09:54 AM
    If redskin is considered to be bad language when referring to a mascot , do we have to rename the potato? If redskin is derogatory then why do both African Americans and Native American call us white folk? maybe we find it to offensive. Mascot are considered to brave and true to the school or sport team. everyone always wants to stand up and say racism when its not. If we named our mascots after fruit, meat activist would say we were discriminating against them. If we used meat the could do the same thing. there is always going to be someone somewhere that doesn't agree with what we do. People need to learn to live with things that have no major impact on their life. life is short and can be very sweet if you just stop fighting over every issue!! Make love not war. What ever happen to the simple life when you worked hard supported your family your school your town? Support your local school and teach your children that love is the most important thing in the world!! thats my opinion.
  • by John Location: G'ville on Sep 30, 2008 at 01:45 PM
    I want to boycott Ole Miss and UNLV athletics because their mascots are Rebels. I'm was born and raised in the south. I don't like the label Rebels - I would rather refer to the Southern soldiers in the Civil War as Confederates. C'mon.
  • by Seiously?? Location: Turtle Island on Sep 24, 2008 at 09:55 AM
    For Tony & Ben: Look up Redskin in the dictionary. I googled dictionary, typed in Redskin and this is what came up: Noun- Slang: Often disparaging & offensive. It says it right there in the dictionary and you think that it is something to be proud of?!? Seriously? FTR- I have my big girl pants on which is why I'm here trying to educate the ignorant. For Vickie: When your grandparents are continuously beaten within an inch of their lives for speaking their Native language, for following their religion & celebrating their traditions, & are afraid to pass that pain & suffering onto their children (my momma as you put it)then come talk to us about thin skin and whining. Educate yourselves people before pointing fingers and calling people names. If you claim to be Native, do yourself a favor & research your family tree, you might be surprised by what you find out about your ancestors & where they were in the fight for fair treatment of Native people.
  • by Tony Location: GVegas on Sep 22, 2008 at 08:27 PM
    I agree with Ben.Schools pick mascots as something to be proud of,how could a symbol of pride be taken as an insult.People put on your bigboy pants and get over it.
  • by PROUD TUSCARORA Location: Greenville, NC on Sep 22, 2008 at 07:28 PM
    "If its ok in Lumbee Nation, it should be ok in Manteo where The Lost Colony is, The First Colony was." Okay once again I will try to simplify this for you. IF A TOWN, CITY, STATE HAS HISTORY RICH IN NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURE AND THE NATIVE AMERICANS RESIDING IN THOSE PLACES DO NOT HAVE A PROBLEM WITH A MASCOT BEING NATIVE RELATED THEN THERE IS NO PROBLEM. YES THIS INCLUDES MANTEO BECAUSE MANTEO IS RICH IN NATIVE HISTORY. THE PROBLEM ARISES WHEN MASCOTS BECOME TASTELESS, RUDE, AND DISRESPECTFUL AND WHEN NATIVE AMERICANS HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THE MASCOT AND WHEN THE MASCOT IS STILL USED DESPITE IT BEING MADE AWARE THAT THERE IS A PROBLEM. Get it?
  • by to proud Location: nc on Sep 22, 2008 at 03:48 PM
    I disagree about unc pembroke not proving the point because they are in Lumbee Nation. That is like saying its ok for an african american to say the n word but of course no one else can. NO ONE SHOULD USE THE N WORD. If mascots can't have any connection to native americans, it should be that way everywhere. If its ok in Lumbee Nation, it should be ok in Manteo where The Lost Colony is, The First Colony was. I have a dear native american friend who feels this is not offensive.
  • by ??? Location: NC on Sep 22, 2008 at 02:17 PM
    I hear AfricanAmericans refer to Native Americans as indians all the time, and every time I do I correct them.
  • by Vickie Location: home on Sep 22, 2008 at 12:42 PM
    The whinny Liberals.Momma should be ashamed for raising such thin skinned children into thin skinned adults.
  • by PROUD TUSCARORA Location: Greenville, NC on Sep 21, 2008 at 10:10 PM
    Bigger fish to fry? And yet you're also commenting on this story.
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