Should school districts ban Native American imagery, names, and mascots? - Civil Discourse for Classrooms

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In 2005, the NCAA asked its member colleges and universities to self-evaluate their mascots and team names in accordance with the organization's policy that its member schools compete with an "atmosphere of respect for and sensitivity to the dignity of every person". As a result of the survey, 19 teams were cited as having "potentially hostile or abusive" names, images, or mascots. With the Washington football team removing its mascot, more schools around the United States are reassessing the names printed on their jerseys, sweatshirts, gym floors, and fields. Should school districts ban Native American imagery, team names, and mascots?

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