Lawmakers step in on school mascot issue

Nov 13, 2017

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Democrats in Lansing want to make schools get rid of mascots that may be considered racially insensitive. 

The legislation would prevent all kinds of potentially racially insensitive monikers – from the Escanaba Eskymos to the Athens Indians.

Some schools say they aren’t racist and the communities have a proud history with these mascots.

Democratic Senator Ian Conyers is a bill sponsor. He says, “I think the control of those appropriations, especially on high school levels, should be up to the people whose heritage is being defined.”

If a school wants to keep a mascot it would have to get a waiver from the state Board of Education and Department of Civil Rights – or risk financial penalties.