A private school in Maryland is taking a stand against supposed racism and social injustice by telling parents of students that their children are no longer allowed to wear Washington Redskins gear to campus.
The Green Acres School in North Bethesda, just outside of Washington, D.C., posted a statement onto their website in which they’re hereby banning students from wearing anything related to the team.
“The local football team has been around a long time and has experienced great successes; loyalty to this beloved team and passion for the game of football are understandably strong among many of our students, families, and staff members. Clearly, there is nothing wrong with rooting for one’s team,” Head of School Neal M. Brown said. “At the same time, the term ‘Redskin’ is a racial slur. Its use, whether intentional or not, can be deeply insulting and offensive. It is a term that demeans a group of people. Similarly, the team’s logo also can reasonably be viewed as racially demeaning. At best, the image is an ethnic stereotype that promotes cultural misunderstanding; at worst, it is intensely derogatory.”
Brown indicated that the decision was made after consulting with staff, students, and parents. “After listening to students, parents, and colleagues, though, I believe that our need to be respectful and truly inclusive outweighs our need to support individual expression in this case.”
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