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The Washington Redskins are in the middle of a national debate on team nicknames after the US Patent and Trademark Office voted to cancel the Redskins trademark saying that if is "disparaging to Native Americans". The New Haven Register has posted an editorial noting that there are 23 high schools in CT - including Derby - that have names associated with Native Americans. According to the Register, "All schools in Connecticut should take a long, hard look at the message they are sending to students, players, parents and fans. There is no reason to keep a name that is offensive." What do you think? Should Derby High give up their long time "Red Raider" nickname?
The Register linked to the New England Anti-Mascot Coalition's listing of many New England schools using a Native American image including the one on the left associated with Derby. In checking Derby High's website, the logo on the right is featured along with a reference to Home of the Derby Red Raiders.
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