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Monday, May 5, 2014

High School Newspaper Might Be Forced to Use Word They Consider Racist

Posted by on Mon, May 5, 2014 at 2:18 PM

In an editorial, the Foothill Dragon Press says:

The freedom of students attending Neshaminy High School in Langhorne, Pa., will hang in the balance on Tuesday evening, as Neshaminy School Board members vote to revise district policy to force student editors to publish content with a word that they have determined is racially offensive.

Student journalists of the Playwickian, the high school’s paper, published an editorial in October condemning the use of the school’s mascot name, the “Redskins.” Similar to the criticism faced by the “Washington Redskins” football team, the staff of the Playwickian criticized the school’s continued use of the word, which they find to be blatantly racist.

As an act of sensitivity and professionalism the staff voted to no longer use the “R-word” when publishing articles about the high school’s teams. A short time later, three professional publications in the area followed suit, also passing policy against using the term in video reports and articles about Neshaminy and the professional football team.

If they vote to force these students to run that name, the Neshaminy School Board will be fighting a losing battle. Surely, even people who are arguing in favor of racist sports team names have to know that they're fighting a losing battle. The only question these people have to face is: Will racist team names be abandoned in the next few years, or is the younger generation going to have to wait for you to grow old and die before they make things right? Because one way or another, it's going to happen. One day, these students will sit on the school board, and they'll make the right decision, and everyone will be horribly embarrassed for the people who fought so hard to keep a dumb, racist sports team name. It's only a matter of time.


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seatackled 1
Fine. Then they can do a series on great comedians and publish the routines of Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, and Chris Rock.
Posted by seatackled on May 5, 2014 at 2:32 PM · Report this
At one time I lived just down the road from Langhorne, in a place called Bensalem, PA.

It was the ultimate suburb. Completely separated from all traditional cities. Completely new. The mall was the center of town.

I stayed at a place called the Country Lights which described itself as having Apartment Chalets. The sq. footage per room was enormous. The several swimming pools were fantastic.

I wonder why I ever left since I have found no place that was quite the bargain as there.

And now they are showing themselves to be progressive leaders.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on May 5, 2014 at 2:39 PM · Report this
brandon 3
I think there is a LOT of shit people under 40 are just waiting for the higher-ups to die on.
Posted by brandon on May 5, 2014 at 3:12 PM · Report this
hillpagan 4
Way to lead, kids!
Posted by hillpagan on May 5, 2014 at 3:35 PM · Report this
I've been waiting a looooong time for the older generation to die off so we can finally fix things... Somehow the more things change, the more they stay the same (unless they get worse, of course***). Such is reality when living in a Dark Age.

** LGBT rights being an exception
Posted by screed on May 5, 2014 at 3:36 PM · Report this
We don't find this rascist.
Posted by Thom and Bri Bri on May 5, 2014 at 4:13 PM · Report this
Dougsf 7
They could follow in the footsteps of pretty much all sports journalists during my lifetime and make their coverage so replete with idioms and sports colloquialisms only diehard fans will know what they're even writing about. Seriously you can read another town's paper—especially college coverage—and sometimes not even know what sport the team plays.
community members have expressed that the term “Redskins” is not offensive and is a source of school pride.

Who the fuck are these losers that take a stance of "well, I don't go here, and I don't got kids there, but I think they should keep using the word Redskins cause it makes me happy"?
Posted by Dougsf on May 5, 2014 at 4:31 PM · Report this
fletc3her 8
Mandating the use of certain language strikes me as even more threatening to freedom of speech than banning language.
Posted by fletc3her on May 5, 2014 at 4:38 PM · Report this
Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In 9
I've always been fascinated with this issue. Team names try to reflect the culture and history of the area. Predatory animals are much preferred, but there aren't that many of them that people encounter, so those names don't have much resonance. And what do you do then, when you look into your area's history and there's nothing there? America has very little in the way of history compared the rest of the first world. What was here hundreds of years ago? Native Americans. The names continue to exist for rivers, cities, places, etc. That's the bedrock underneath the sandy topsoil history of Europe's castaways who came here. That is what is mined for when Americans try to find something 'historically identifying.'

I'm not advocating for the use of those names, and the term 'Redskins' *is* racist, pure and simple. I just find it fascinating how Americans, who are usually loathe to look too deeply into the actual history of the Native Americans, continue to turn to them to find some kind of identity, some connection to being on this continent.
Posted by Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In on May 5, 2014 at 5:23 PM · Report this
Sandiai 10
I'm going to use "R-word" from now on.

An R-word fan.
Posted by Sandiai on May 5, 2014 at 6:49 PM · Report this
sirkowski 11
That seems worse than censorship.
Posted by sirkowski on May 5, 2014 at 6:49 PM · Report this
NotSean 12
Go "Decimated Indigenous"!!

Posted by NotSean on May 5, 2014 at 11:12 PM · Report this
seatackled 13

I've been thinking for a while that it should be written either as "R-word" or "R-------," as in, "The Dallas Cowboys play the Washington -R-------' this Sunday."
Posted by seatackled on May 6, 2014 at 4:55 AM · Report this
Sandiai 14
@13, that sounds good too. Or R*******s.
Posted by Sandiai on May 6, 2014 at 3:00 PM · Report this

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