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Race-Based Mascots Banned in Houston

By Bryan Toporek — January 28, 2014 1 min read
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Houston’s school board has given final approval to a policy prohibiting the use of any race- or ethnicity-specific mascots for school sports teams or groups.

The policy says mascots must “respect cultural differences and values.” It takes effect at the beginning of the 2014-15 school year.

Four schools in the district, whose nicknames are the Redskins, the Rebels, the Indians, and the Warriors, will be forced to change their mascots.

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A version of this article appeared in the January 29, 2014 edition of Education Week as Race-Based Mascots Banned in Houston

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