Superintendent C.J. Hebert added that the district has made significant efforts to recognize cultural changes and diversity.
“The name really does not coincide with our initiatives and all the work we have been doing with anti-bullying,’” Hebert said. “It is kind of hard to have them side-by-side.”
We understand that this change will be painful for many who have long rooted for the Redskins mascot and considered it a source of pride. But we cannot imagine that a different image will do anything to diminish the character of Cooperstown’s students, the performance of its athletic teams or the quality of education within the district.
If anything, the community should be proud of its students for taking the initiative to begin this conversation with the administration. And to honor the board’s decision, this newspaper will no longer use the term “Redskins” to refer to the school.