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'Redskins' continue to be the face of Teton High

DRIGGS, Idaho — For the time being, the face of the Teton High School is formally a Redskin. Monte Woolstenhulme, who grew up in Teton Valley and graduated from the school, had decided to replace the mascot with something that wasn't offensive to Native Americas.

The current mascot is kind of crudely drawn. And perhaps similar to other names, it suggests a racial stereotyping.

But the public would have none of it. The Teton Valley News reports that the school board entertained public testimony for more than three hours in July, with just three people favoring the change, two remaining neutral, and 62 testifying that pride, tradition and heritage all would best be served by retaining the name Redskins.

In the end, Woolstenhulme recommended taking more time to review the issues.

That sounds like an argument postponed to a different day. But then, the Declaration of Independence from The British Empire issued in 1776 declared that "all men are created equal," but it wasn't until 1954 that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that separate was not equal. And with the Trayvon Martin murder in Florida, we're still arguing about race, stereotypes, and justice.

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