Michigan Civil Rights Dept. complaint may lead to school mascot changes
- The Michigan Department of Civil Rights wants several schools to stop using Native American nicknames, mascots, chants and imagery, and filed a complaint Friday with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights seeking an order from the federal agency prohibiting their use.
- According to the filing, the use of such nicknames violates Article VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and creates an unequal learning environment for students by reinforcing negative stereotypes.
- Chippewa Valley Schools--one of the schools targeted by the state Civil Rights Dept.--changed its logo in 2008 from a profile of an American Indian to its name adorned with two red feathers, representing its "Big Reds Hawk" mascot, and spokeswoman Diane Blaine says the district is "sensitive" to the issue.
From the article:
Chippewa Valley and Utica high schools are among the schools that the Michigan Department of Civil Rights is asking to stop using American Indian nicknames, mascots, chants and imagery. Chippewa Valley uses the nickname “Big Reds” and Utica uses “Chieftains.” ...
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