Paw Paw Public Schools votes to keep Redskins mascot

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PAW PAW, Mich-- After months of protests and public debates, on Wednesday, the school board at Paw Paw Public Schools voted to keep The Redskins as its mascot and logo.

Supporters had argued the name was part of the district's history. However, opponents said the term was derogatory and racially-insensitive.

During Wednesday's board meeting, 30 people signed up to speak out during the public comment portion. The meeting was interrupted several times, with at least one person being escorted out.

Local law enforcement was also on hand at the meeting to help if anything escalated.

After nearly three hours, the board voted 4-to-3 to keep the mascot.

The debate is similar to other ones happening across the country and in Michigan. In December, Belding Area Schools unaminously voted to get rid of the name Redskins. The district is currently deciding on a replacement mascot.

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  • Kevin Rahe

    Where is the outrage about the Spartans or the Fighting Irish?
    In one sense you could say that the Native Americans were a defeated or conquered people. But that is certainly not the image one wants to portray with a mascot, so those who originally chose and want to keep a name like the Redskins must find that it conveys a different idea, likely one of toughness and resolve, for which one expects to be respected.
    I think our society would be much healthier if we start trying to find the POSITIVE in the things people do rather than always focusing on the NEGATIVE, especially when the negative is only a modern perception rather than a timeless practical evil. (Not that there are no practical evils being done to Native Americans, but unlike depriving them of the property that would let them prosper, this isn’t one of them.)