We will help teams leave behind their racist mascots
By Ray Halbritter
And we understand that courageous decisions to honor different heritages can come with both a financial consequence and a potential backlash. That is why we are offering a donation to Cooperstown Central to salute their courage and to help offset the necessary costs of changing mascots.
We are prepared to make similar donations to other schools that consider following in their footsteps.
In fact, to address this pervasive problem, the Oneida Nation is now working with Native American media outlets and other Indian nations to establish a fund that will help schools that follow in Cooperstown’s footsteps to offset the cost of making similar transitions.
According to the Morning Star Institute, there remain some 900 ethnically insensitive nicknames and mascots across the country.