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Cooperstown school board votes to drop Redskins nickname

Thursday, March 7, 2013
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— Athletes at Cooperstown Central School will no longer take the field as the Redskins.

The school board in the upstate New York village voted 6-to-1 Wednesday night to retire the Redskins nickname, which goes back to the 1920s. The vote was prompted by students who found the nickname offensive to American Indians.

Cooperstown is best known as the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, but it was also the hometown of James Fenimore Cooper, who wrote “The Last of the Mohicans.”

The Daily Star of Oneonta reports that the school has yet to choose a new nickname. Possible replacements include Deerslayers, Hawkeyes and Pathfinders — each name a nod to Cooper’s works.

The official retirement of the Redskins nickname will take place June 30.

 
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March 7, 2013
5:54 p.m.
pnotto says...

I am highly offended that this school system and its student population are using these names. First, the term deer-slayer refers to a group of murderous wild people who act like frontier cowboys that harass then hunt down innocent deer then kill these innocent animals of God that have offended no one. Second, I resent the term hawk-eye because it refers to a bird of prey that uses unfair abilities and tactics to kill vulnerable smaller animals for its own veracious selfish appetite. Lastly, the term pathfinders should not be used because it refers to a group of settlers that stole land from Native Americans by waging immoral wars on these indigent people killing and murdering them then stealing their land. We as a white people should not use these racist and bigoted terms because it only shows how much of a selfish, shallow and self-centered people we are.

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