Success: California Bans Use of “Redskins” Name and Imagery for Public Schools

Target: California Governor Jerry Brown

Goal: Applaud the decision to ban the use of “Redskins” for nicknames and imagery in California public schools.

Thanks in part to petitions like ForceChange’s Ban the Use of Anti-Native American Slur for High School Sports Teams, California Governor Jerry Brown has banned the use of “Redskins” name and imagery for California public schools. Four public schools in California, Gustine High School, Calaveras High School, Chowchilla Union High School, and Tulare High School, still use the term for team names and mascots and will have until 2017 to find a replacement. California is now the first state to pass a law specifically banning the term “Redskins” as a “school or athletic team name, mascot, or nickname.”

California lawmakers have been pushing similar bills that ban the use of the term “Redskins” in public schools since 2002. Four of these kinds of bills have failed before this most recent one was signed by Governor Brown. Oregon and Wisconsin are also working to ban the use of all Native American names and imagery by public schools.

Applaud the banning of this racial slur that unjustly mocks the people who faced genocide in American history.


Dear Governor Brown,

I am writing to applaud you for banning the use of “Redskins” name and imagery for California public schools. Native American activists have long fought against the name, which they have say is a slur. Considering America’s history of genocide against Native Americans, it seems incredibly wrong that we can use a slur against them and turn them into cartoonish stereotypes after committing such grave human rights violations against them.

I am so glad that this bill finally passed and hope that other states will follow in your footsteps. I applaud the banning of this racial slur that unjustly mocks the people who faced genocide in American history.


[Your Name Here]

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