Essay about The New Generation Of Redskins

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The New Generation of "Redskins"
Although the issue of Native Americans being used as mascots is not new, recent legislation passed by Governor Jerry Brown has brought the issue back to the surface. This time, the attention is not on the NFL, but on the many public schools across the country still using the derogatory term “Redskins” as a name, mascot, or nickname. With a flick of the pen, Governor Brown has banned the “Redskins” throughout California. This law will outlaw any public school in California from using“Redskins” iconography to represent their school. Those against the removal are claiming this is an issue of over-sensitivity and political correctness and cite the cost of removing this iconography as a major reason for opposing the change. Those for the removal of the disparaging mascots and team names are applauding California for taking a stance against racism. They feel that the use of Native American Mascots is not only racists but also harmful and dehumanizing.
The following image is a screenshot from a news segment about the proposed bill that would rid California of the "Redskins" mascot which aired on ABC30.

ABC30.COM·5 DAYS AGO
From Slur to Team Name
Before they were the Washington Redskins this team was the Boston Braves. In 1933, after their second season George Preston Marshall, the franchise’s owner, renamed the team the "Redskins". In 1937, the "Redskins" made the move to Washington and called the nation’s capital home.
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