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New national group comes out against mascots

Posted by John C. Drake March 6, 2007 05:47 PM

On the heels of a decision by the Natick School Committee to part ways with its controversial "Redmen" mascot, a national sociology group says other communities should follow suit.

The American Sociological Association joins a long list of organizations, including the American Psychological Association and the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, in calling for an end to Native American-themed mascots, nicknames and logos.

In a statement coinciding with the release of the group's resolution, association member Laurel R. Davis-Delano said "... the stereotypes reinforced by the mascots create barriers to real understanding of Native peoples, and this limited understanding hinders the development of policies and practices that help rather than harm Native Americans."

-- John C. Drake

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