California Becomes First State To Ban ‘Redskins’ Name: America Celebrates By Getting Into Huge Argument
Showing all the deft timing of a man who flipped over the turnstile and just missed the train, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB30 on Sunday, the bill banning the name 'Redskins' for all public school sports teams in the state. Yes, Sunday -- one day before Indigenous Peoples Day. Wouldn't today make more sense?
But that's just one of the many nit-picks being bandied about today, as California becomes the first state to ban the name that Daniel Snyder has tattooed on his right ass cheek (so I've heard). Schools which already have the name and/or logo must phase them out by Jan. 1, 2017. In case you're wondering, there are only four schools left in the state which have the Redskins name -- all located in Central California.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 12, 2015
So now let's take a look at our national Redskins map. The NFL Washington Redskins, which uses high school stats to strengthen its case for use of the name, claim that there are 70 high schools in the U.S. with the Redskins nickname. But that's wrong -- off by a significant margin.
Now there are 56, according to Capital News Service and MaxPreps.com. These are spread over 21 states. CNS actually called every school on the Washington Redskins list and found that some had dropped the Redskins name, or had never used it in the first place. And the 56 is down from 90 schools 25 years ago. According to CNS, 34 high schools in 18 states have trash-canned the Redskins name and mascot since 1988.
2013: Cooperstown Central, New York (now the Hawkeyes).
2011: Red Lodge High School, Montana (now the Rams).
2011: Wiscasset High School, Maine (Wolverines).
2008: Cumberland High School (Kentucky) consolidated with Evarts High School and Cawood High School to become the Harlan County High School Black Bears (one might say that’s Justified).
2004: Gridley High School (Illinois) merged with El Paso High School and are now the Titans.
2000: Frontier Regional School, Deerfield, MA (Red Hawks).
2000: Rickards High School, Tallahassee, FL (Raiders).
2000: Canajoharie High School, Canajoharie, NY (Cougars).
The Cooperstown switchover is significant because the town is named after James Fenimore Cooper, who wrote The Last of the Mohicans. Imagine my surprise to learn that Hawkeyes is not an ode to the Avengers character.
Anyway, the California decision has met with smiling approval throughout the internet, because we Americans are an understanding, inclusive people, who won't let political ideology or petty, parochial objections stand in the way of basic human dignity.
— Wes & Phyllis #HTTR (@wmdpmd2010) October 12, 2015
@HuffingtonPost real lovers of the first amendment, eh?
— Zappin' Liberals (@zappin_liberals) October 12, 2015
@HuffingtonPost. More PC BS....Cali sucks, what a bunch of morons!
— Gary Tirpak (@GaryT212) October 12, 2015
@HuffingtonPost I suggest all Redskins fans should boycott California products
— anthony miller (@ceasermore1can) October 12, 2015
@vicenews so where did free speech go
— Colton Owenby (@TheAverageWhite) October 12, 2015
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