WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Center of American Progress is attempting to revive the Washington Redskins name controversy with a new report calling for school districts to ban the name.
According to the Indy Star, the report recommends:
– The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights should use its full authority to enforce civil rights protections for American Indian and Alaska native students and promote a safe and welcoming learning environment
– State-level boards of education and education agencies should identify schools in their states with American Indian and Alaska Native representations, examine their impact and develop recommendations to remove harmful representations.
– Nonprofit legal assistance organizations and law school clinics should develop programs to support American Indian and Alaska native students who want to file complaints.
– The federal government and foundation community should identify and fund new research on the impact of derogatory American Indian and Alaska native representations in schools.
The Star reports CAP’s conclusion is that the feds must get involved in regulating school mascots because, “Racist and derogatory team names have a real and harmful impact on American Indian and Alaska Native people every day, particularly young people.”
The Times-Picayune finds 66 Louisiana schools use a variation of a Native American name, including “Warriors,” “Indians,” “Braves,” and “Chiefs.”
The Center for American Progress was founded by John Podesta, now a senior adviser to the White House. CAP has had a virtual revolving door with the Obama administration.
This spring, the Daily Caller reported on a former CAP employee who claimed the group “coordinates on editorial content with the White House,” an exercise that, under normal circumstances would earn scrutiny from the IRS. But this is the Obama White House we’re talking about…
Progressives have done their best to stoke the controversy.
Last fall, President Obama weighed in, telling the Associated Press, “If I were the owner of the team and I knew that there was a name of my team — even if it had a storied history — that was offending a sizeable group of people, I’d think about changing it.”
And the Redskins name has been a favorite punching bag of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, perhaps only secondary to the Koch brothers.
“The Redskins no longer have trademarks. They are gone,” the Nevada Democrat said in June, according to Politico. “[Team owner] Daniel Snyder may be the last person in the world to realize this, but it’s just a matter of time until he is forced to do the right thing and change the name.”