Major things are happening in North Carolina government. Budgets are being written, districts are being redrawn, and if several legislators get their way, mascots will soon be under review for political correctness.
Under HB 681 An Act to Study the Use of American Indian Mascots at Public Schools sponsored by Charles Gram (D-Robeson), Garland Pierce (D-Hoke, Robeson, Scotland), and Marcus Brandon (D- Guilford) public schools would soon be under scrutiny to see if their mascots and logos are politically correct.
The Legislative Study Committee on the Use of American Indian Mascots at Public Schools (yes that’s its full title) would be funded with ever increasingly rare tax dollars (over other programs such as improving the schools themselves) to travel around the state to visit schools and make recommendations that could include the disposal of old mascots in favor of more socially acceptable and historically neutral ones.
North Carolina schools already have enough troubles. Faculty and administration are contending with staff shortages, classroom crowding, low test scores, and funding cuts. To add mascot worries to their burden seems rather inappropriate during their current difficulties. Students and faculty often have pride in their mascot, it represents a history they have worked to improve and build upon. To call this into question would rob them of their history and school pride. The General Assembly has bigger things to worry about than mascot management.
Because it diverts scarce time and money away from serious issues and distracts already-struggling schools away from their actual job of educating children, HB 681 is this week’s Bad Bill of the Week.