Lawmakers debate race-based mascot bill

Bill would put burden of proof on person complaining about mascot’s nickname

Published On: Oct 03 2013 10:18:52 PM CDT
MADISON, Wis. -

Lawmakers debated a race-based mascot bill at the Capitol Thursday.

The bill would put the burden of proof on the person complaining about a school mascot’s nickname rather than the district.

Right now, the state can force schools to drop race-based names if a single complaint is filed.

This bill would make residents get enough signatures on a petition to cover 10 percent of the student body.

Lawmakers and representatives from various organizations, including the Ho-Chunk Nation and the Department of Public Instruction spoke at the event. Many cited studies showing having a race-based nickname can be detrimental to students.