Attended a hearing in Madison yesterday concerning SB25. This bill deceivingly tries to cry "discrimination" over the use of mascot names such as "warriors" and "arrowhead" and (gasp!), "Indians."
Senator Coggs likens the use of these mascot names to using the "n" word for African Americans. See video of this session at Wisconsin Eye. Coggs had the Wisconsin Indian Education Association show up and give a drippingly sad testimony of the terrible abuse these mascot names produce amongst the American Indian children in public school settings. The WIEA packed the room with American Indian children who ranted the same rhetoric.
Interestingly, Paul Sherman of the DPI was there to lend "information" regarding this issue. Instead, he and another representative testified in favor of the bill. When one Senator questioned Sherman about the DPI's stance in favor of the bill, noting that complainants could not expect a fair hearing from the DPI because of their obvious bias, Sherman had absolutely NOTHING to say in response. This raised eyebrows around the room as the DPI had taken a neutral stance and was there to supposedly provide "information," as stated above. Hmmmmmm..... Good call on the Senator's part.
You can watch the hearing on Wisconsin Eye starting at 17:56. Click "watch" under the Senate Committee on Higher Education header.
Bottom line of this bill: Yet another governmental move to remove local control from the elected officials in local communities.