The 21st Show

Racist High School Mascots Still Exist


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In the past year, as professional sports teams such as the Washington Football Team, and Cleveland baseball team have made decisions to change their race based Native American mascots and logos, the debate here in Illinois continues. In total, there are over 50 Illinois high schools using Native American imagery or names for their mascots. While the issue has continued to be debated in several communities and school board meetings across the state, actual change has been slow. The 21st was joined by a Native American tribe member has been working for decades for change at his high school, as well as a member of the Illinois House of Representatives.


Ted Trujillo

Member of the Passamaquoddy Tribe, Morris High School alumni, and activist working to replace racist high school mascot names in Illinois.

Rep. Maurice West

Member of the Illinois House of Representative for the 67th district (D - Rockford)



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