A D.C.-area school just stood up against racial insensitivity in a major way, and we are applauding their efforts. According to TeenVogue.com, Green Acres private school in Maryland officially banned “offensive” Washington Redskins gear, updating its dress code to reflect the changes.
Over the years, the NFL team has faced mounting pressure to change the team’s name and logo, a charge led by those who cite the fact that the term “Redskins” is a racial slur used to demean Native Americans.
The debate remains a hot topic; however, the school is condemning racism by asking parents to refrain from sending their children to school in the branded attire. The policy will go into effect on Tuesday, September 5th.
Neal Brown, head of the school, discussed the school’s rule, which deems the team name “insulting and offensive” and refers to the logo as “racially demeaning.” He told ABC News:
Brown told the news station that the decision came after a discussion of the controversial subject arose during a third-grade lesson on Native American culture. We admire Green Acres’ decision to take a stand on this issue and to let the D.C. community know it will not tolerate or accommodate racism or racial insensitivity.