June 11, 2017

Editorial: Massachusetts should drop the mascot distraction

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Florida State University (Seminoles) -- and its mascot Chief Osceola and Renegade -- and the NFL's Washington Redskins are among the most prominent examples of Native American mascots. In Massachusetts, an effort is advancing to ban them at high schools statewide.

The Algonquin Tomahawks would get the axe if a bill on Beacon Hill advances. The Grafton and Ware Indians would be no more. About 30 or so other public schools in Massachusetts would also have to change their mascots.

We say to state legislators: Not so fast.

A bill banning American Indian-themed names for school sports teams had a joint hearing last week. The measure should be stopped in its tracks.

It’s an overreach, for starters.

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