Texas High School Bans Football T-Shirt Because It Has Many Levels Of Wrong
The word hasn't reached many portions of Texas that using Native American mascots is racist and icky -- especially among insular, orthodox high school communities where the outside world rarely treads. So yeah, it's no wonder the Arlington-Martin High in North Texas still rocks this muscled chief you see above as their sports emblem.
Regrettable, but that's the least of the problems with this t-shirt, worn by members of the Warriors' football team.
School administrators banned the shirt after a student newspaper editorial pointed out that the wording could be interpreted to condone rape. "We Take What We Want" and "Shhh, Just Let It Happen"? The interesting thing here is that the shirt was approved by both the coaching staff and school administration. Fail. It took the school's journalism class to bring sense to the issue.
School district spokeswoman Leslie Johnston said that officials believed the team had not intended to be offensive but that the t-shirts had been banned.
"Certainly the booster club and the coaches, nobody construed it in that manner," said Leslie Johnston, director of communications for Arlington ISD, who estimates that around 50 of the shirts were printed.
"They were never intended or thought to have any meaning other than a football-related meaning — taking yardage, the ball.
"They just thought it was a football shirt. And when that was pointed out, that it could be taken in that way the students have, they are no longer wearing them."
Now, about that mascot ...
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