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New York Lawmaker pressuring schools to remove ‘race-based' team mascots

Added 07-14-20 11:18:03am EST - “A state lawmaker has introduced a bill that would pressure New York schools to remove team names, mascots or logos deemed racially offensive ?" such as those with” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “New York lawmaker pressuring schools to remove ‘race-based’ team mascots”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A state lawmaker has introduced a bill that would pressure New York schools to remove team names, mascots or logos deemed racially offensive — such as those with Native-American symbols and lineage.

The measure from state Sen. Peter Harckham (D-Westchester) would require schools to remove any “race-based mascots” within three years — or lose state funding. Perhaps anticipating a firestorm of criticism, he said Tuesday he’d amended the bill to remove the funding threat.

“We can no longer simply dismiss the idea that school or team nicknames and mascots are innocuous and do not hurt or offend other people,” said Harckham.

“The fact is, many mascots are grounded in, or borne from, a systemic racism that does not mesh with the democratic values we share and seek to protect. It’s time we hold honest, respectful conversations and public hearings aimed at understanding what’s wrong with these kinds of mascots and why they should be retired.”

His initial bill memo said: “Adopting this legislation would provide schools three years to remove any race-based mascots or they lose state funding. This timeframe will allow school districts time to budget these changes. As we look into the future of NYS it is vital that we discontinue these racial and insensitive practices.”

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