Four American Indians share “Victory” smiles after school board vote. Photo Courtesy: Rachel Allen
OKLAHOMA CITY— Monday night, December 8, 2014, the Oklahoma City Public School board of education voted by an 8 – 0 margin to eliminate the R*dskins mascot from Capitol Hill High School.
The school board acted swiftly to remove the 88 year old mascot after to hearing from several American Indians who made public comments on the insenstivity of the “r*dskin” term.
Most American Indians believe the R-word is what the N-word is to African Americans.
The motion was made by Justin Ellis (Comanche), who represents District 2 in the Oklahoma City school district, and was seconded by Laura Massenat.
“I was actually surprised about how well-received it was. I thought that I would have to do more education on our end to let them learn about the word,” said Star Yellowfish to NewsOK, the district’s administrator for American Indian student services. “But they get it. They got it, and they care about our kids.”
Yellowfish told the school board the term “r*dskin” is offensive and insulting because it was used not to describe the scalps of American Indians but the bloodied bodies left behind by scalp hunters.
Rachel Allen contributed to this article from Oklahoma City.