The Cleveland Indians baseball team announced yesterday that they will be dropping their team’s name after 105 years, because it has long been considered racist.
Cleveland’s move follows the NFL team, the Washington Redskins’, announcement last July 23 that after 87 years they are changing their name for the same reason: the name is outdated and racist.
What of our local schools’ racist athletic team names?
The ongoing cultural shift towards erasing long-accepted racist memes has the name of the Central High School’s team, the Warriors, with its stereotypical Indian head logo, looking increasingly racist, dated and out of touch.
But a change is in the works.
An inquiry to School District 51 about Central’s team name revealed that Central High’s Student Senate is now actively considering changing the name of the school’s team.
Central High Athletic Director, Josh King, says students started considering changing the name last July, after Washington announced they were changing the racist “Redskins” name. Changing the name of Central’s team is solely up to the Central High’s Student Senate.
The Student Senate has been in touch with Indian tribes, like Ute and Hopi, and they hope to have a decision about the name at the end of this school year in May of 2021.
If you want to support the students’ decision to change the school’s team name to something less offensive, you can write to the Central High School Student Senate at 550 Warrior Way, Grand Junction, CO 81504. (And yes, this also makes the point that the very name of the school’s street is dubious.) If you’re not into snailmail, you can send an email to the school’s athletic director Josh King at email@example.com, and he will get it to the right place.