Student-led initiative at private school bans Redskins logo

By Rachel Wold
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A private school in Washington, D.C. has banned clothing and accessories that contained the Washington Redskins logo.

Even more interesting is that the ban was encouraged by students at Sidwell Friends School, who petitioned for a revised dress code for the coming year.

“This spring, students proposed to make the wearing of clothing with the name and logo of the Washington National Football League team a violation of the school’s dress code,” Ellis Turner, associate head at Sidwell said, per Rees Shapiro of The Washington Post. “The school administration accepted the proposal in a show of support for student voice and unity on the issue.”

For those unfamiliar with this school, President Barack Obama’s daughter Malia graduated from Sidwell Friends School in June. She has been an active advocate calling for Washington’s owner Dan Snyder to reconsider renaming the franchise.

Despite Malia and the school’s efforts, a recent poll discovered that nine-out-of-10 Native Americans do not find the Redskins name offensive, according to the report.

The ban on the Redskins logo will become active this upcoming fall. Students cited moral beliefs consistent with the Religious Society of Friends for their decision.

Regarding Washington’s stance on leaving the team’s name as it has stood since 1937, Snyder recently released this statement in May.

“The Washington Redskins team, our fans and community have always believed our name represents honor, respect and pride. Today’s Washington Post polling shows Native Americans agree. We are gratified by this overwhelming support from the Native American community, and the team will proudly carry the Redskins name.”

It doesn’t appear that the team has any plans on making a change to a name that some say most are not bothered by. But, that doesn’t mean that private entities can’t make their own views and beliefs known by enforcing their own bans.