HOT BLAST: Houston school district bans Redskins, Rebels, Indians and Warriors as mascots. Take our poll and tell us what you think.
Jan 17, 2014 | 1821 views |  0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
By a 7-0 vote Thursday the Houston Independent School District board banned its schools from using mascots deemed culturally offensive.

As the district noted:

This policy update affects four schools — Lamar High School Redskins, Westbury High School Rebels, Hamilton Middle School Indians and Welch Middle School Warriors.

In a 2013 oped column HISD superintendent Terry B. Grier wrote:

The time has come for the Houston Independent School District - the most vibrantly diverse school district in the nation - to acknowledge that some decisions made generations ago need to be reconsidered. Traditions are important. But respect for cultural difference and sensitivities matters more.

HISD must retire, respectfully, school symbols that no longer reflect the values of who we are - proudly diverse, inclusive, forward-thinking and committed to instilling character and social awareness in our youngsters.

Here's more from the Houston Chronicle. So, what do you think? 


Do you agree with Houston school district decision to ban mascots deemed culturally insensitive?

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