School Mascots Bill

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School board meetings on the budget, teacher cutbacks or facilities may draw a few spectators, but the suggestion of changing a high school mascot has them hanging from the rafters. The heated issue is normally left to local officials, but a bill about to go before the state Assembly would make California the first state to ban all Indian team mascots from public schools. Are such mascots a violation of civil rights or political correctness gone too far? We hear about emotional attachments, cultural sensitivity, ethnic pride and public perceptions from the author of Dancing at Halftime: Sports and the Controversy over American Indian Mascots, a Native American member of the Alliance Against Racial Mascots, and the athletic director of the Alta Loma High School Braves. Managing Editor Kyle McKinnon guest hosts.
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AB 2115: Athletic Team Names and Mascots

Alliance Against Racial Mascots

Alta Loma High School Braves

Dancing at Halftime

UCLA Film and Television Archive



Warren Olney


Frances Anderton