On Tuesday night time, the Forest Hills faculty board in Ohio convened a particular assembly over the problem that has divided the group for many years: the racial slur that has withstood serial efforts to take away it as an area highschool’s nickname.
Anderson Excessive College, in a predominantly white Cincinnati suburb, has passed by the Redskins for greater than 80 years. It’s removed from the NFL group in Washington that has been subject to national scrutiny over the identical subject.
However for years, native tensions have flared in a struggle that has pitted classmates, alumni and neighbors towards each other—the “Keepers” versus the “Changers,” as they’re identified in Anderson. Changers say the identify is overtly racist and must go; Keepers say it’s a core native establishment that confers respect to Native People.
Energized by the nationwide motion towards systemic racism after the killing of George Floyd, native residents have launched a renewed push to rename Anderson’s groups. It’s a smaller a part of the identical nationwide wave that has removed Confederate flags from Nascar tracks, Woodrow Wilson’s identify from Princeton’s faculty of public coverage and Aunt Jemima from syrup bottles.