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UPDATE: PHRC v Neshaminy

Neshaminy High School School Board

As you might recall, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission's ruling on the Neshaminy High School R*dsk*ns mascot in the fall of 2019 was paradoxical:

  • Stop the imagery of Native Americans

  • Keep the name R*dsk*ns

  • Educate the community on the problematic stereotypical name

The district appealed and that ruling came down last week by the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania that has basically redefined racism. See this article: Republican Commonwealth Judge Renee Cohn Jubelirer explained that determining whether something is racist is all about intent.

In other words, if there was no Native American student who complained about any harm, the harm doesn't exist. So it would be ok to use the "N word" in a school that was all white? The laws that protect discrimination against minority students, needs to include Native American students!

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