On Monday, the California Assembly passed a bill (AB30 57-9) that would ban public schools from using “Redskins” as their mascot.
AB30, otherwise known as the California Racial Mascots Act, is now on its way to the senate for consideration. It then must go to the governor’s desk in order to become a law.
Currently, there are four schools in California which use “Redskins” as their mascot: Gustine High School in Merced County, Calaveras High School in Calaveras County, Chowchilla Union High School in Madera County and Tulare Union High School in Tulare County.
Although many claim that mascots like the “Redskins” honor Native Americans, a new study showed that mascots based on Native Americans in fact only enforce negative stereotypes. Wendy Quinton, a clinical assistant professor of psychology at the University of Buffalo, states,
“Studies show that regardless of their intention, these mascots do not honor American Indians, but instead…
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