The State of Oregon has done it, now the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) wants the nation to follow their leadership. The MDC recently said that the continued use of American Indian mascots is hurting student achievement. While many find these mascots offensive, this is not about that (but it could be). This petiton is about making sure all of our kids have a school to go to where they feel safe and welcomed. When they do not it's our turn to act.
The use of American Indians as mascots is impacting students whom are American Indians, and now it's our responsibility to change it.
Last year, the Oregon Board of Education banned the use of American Indian mascots in the state, now it's time for the rest of the country to follow their lead
The Depatment of Education's job is a tough one; making sure our kids get the best education possible, but this decision is an easy one. Ban these mascots and make every kid feel welcome at school and proud to cheer at the games.