Belding school board discusses changing controversial mascot

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BELDING, Mich. -- Embrace a controversial mascot, or get rid of it?  That's the question parents and school district leaders are trying to tackle in Belding.

The district's teams have been called the Redskins for decades.  Although they've shied away from promoting the name or logo for years, there's now a push to make a final decision on whether or not to keep it at all.

Discussions on the school mascot continued Monday night, and representatives from Native American tribes made their voices heard.

"These mascots tell us that we aren't human," said Melanie Fish, an Anishinabe tribe member.  "I'm just a skin you can rip off me and sell to somebody for 250 bucks.  That's what it reminds me of."

The district has opted for a Belding B in recent years, but there's a community push to either bring the Redskin mascot back or officially pick a new one.

The board set a date for future committee meetings to further discuss the mascot name.  The first meeting is set for Oct. 11 and the second on Oct. 17.

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  • gobluespartyon

    Redskins isn’t a racial slur I think of Redskin name as football team only Washington Redskins that is what the term Redskin is. Native Americans painted red for war paint just sayin this is PC run a monk and what is wrong with this country is PC culture & Madness. I hope that PAW PAW & Belding keep the Redskins name and don’t cave into PC culture madness. 9 out 10 Native Americans aren’t offended by the Redskins name and don’t think of it as racial slur from Washington Post poll a few months ago and another poll in 2004 most Americans also aren’t offended of Redskins name or racial slur either AP poll 2014. Facts are on my side.

  • Jay

    I totally agree with the PC thing this country is getting out of control with what one can say freedom of speech only Applies If somebody feelings don’t get hurt. what kind of freedom is that? as far as the Native Americans If you people think that the only hardship they had was 200 years ago you don’t know your history very well over 100 million Native Americans were genocided from the White man over 80% of our financing was spent to genocide the Native Americans when we decided to take there land not to mention that the Indians were the original slaves of America these are 100% facts my friend

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