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Today’s blacklisted American: Colorado Democrats move to blacklist all mascots and imagery honoring the American Indian

American Indian banned by Democrats
The American Indian, banned by Democrats

Blacklists are back and the Democrats have got ’em: After the Democrats controlling the state government in Colorado passed a bill banning the use of any mascot or imagery that makes any reference to any American Indian tribe or cultural icon, a Native American group immediately filed suit, claiming that the policy essentially discriminates against American Indians, banning them from the public sector in all ways.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis [a Democrat], who is listed as a defendant in the lawsuit, in June signed Senate Bill 21-116 into law, which prohibits public schools from using “a name, symbol, or image that depicts or refers to an American Indian tribe, individual, custom, or tradition that is used as a mascot, nickname, logo, letter, or team name.” Schools with American Indian-themed mascots have until June 1, 2022 to cease use or face $25,000 fines each month for noncompliance, according to the law, which doesn’t apply if a school has an existing agreement with a federally recognized tribe.

The lawsuit, which was filed [in early November] in U.S. District Court by the Mountain States Legal Foundation, a conservative public-interest law firm, is brought by current and former Yuma High School students and the Native American Guardian’s Association (NAGA), a nonprofit that advocates for the recognition of Native American heritage.

The plaintiffs argue in the lawsuit that the law amounts to “state-sanctioned race discrimination” and violates their First and 14th amendments, as well as the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The lawsuit seeks to block state officials “from implementing and administering” the law.

Essentially, this Democratic Party law effectively blackballs all mention of American Indians. No school can honor them. No institution can build statues or monuments to them. This Democratic Party law has made them all non-persons, without any existence in the public square. Worse, the law bans American Indian school names and mascots, even though almost all the schools actually portray the American Indian with honor and respect.

If the law is implemented, the state’s Commission of Indian Affairs has identified 26 schools that must sanitize its mascots, at great cost, money that would be far better spent providing classrooms for unmasked students attending school normally. A ruling by the court last week denied the lawsuit’s request to block the implementation, noting that the law actually doesn’t take effect until June 1, 2022 and as such is not an immediate issue. The plantiffs have appealed this decision, because they fear that — even if they win in the end — schools will be forced to implement the law in the interim, and will thus wipe out all record of American Indians in the Colorado school system, no matter how positively portrayed.

Note that this law once again illustrates the bigoted assumptions of Democrats, that their actions are in defense of minorities. Their actions instead insult those minorities, either by treating them as inferiors who must be helped by the betters, or by banning them from the public square in order to better “protect them.”

It is gratifying that at least in Colorado, the American Indian community is not accepting such ill treatment from Democrats without a fight. Good for them.

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  • Cotour

    Who empowered the Democrats of Colorado to represent the Native American’s of America?

    I totally agree with Native Americans suing. The law the Democrats passed assumes much, and we all know what happens when we assume.

    The American Indians, just like the Black Americans of America do not need the Democrat party “Saving” them and making decisions in their interests. What nerve! STOP HELPING!

    Lawyers, Courts and Money.

  • On a related note, in June 2020 the Cannon Beach (OR) City Council voted to require masking, except for People Of Color. There was immediate backlash from POC, who wondered why their lives were less valuable: “What, I’m not good enough to wear a mask?”

    Cannon Beach is home to a large art community, and from the commentary, the Council were surprised that their thoughtful consideration was unappreciated by the intended beneficiaries. Huh.

  • Edward

    The political party that is responsible for the Trail of Tears continues to hide and oppress our American Indians. Once they succeed, there will no longer be any need to teach about the Trail of Tears. One Democrat tragedy down, several to go.

    The rest of the country can accept that mistakes were made (even if they were made by Democrats, a political party that was founded specifically to defend the institution of slavery) and that we have grown as a people, but the Democrats insist on hiding their crimes (e.g. being the KKK, creating Jim Crow laws, trying to prevent school integration, etc.), because they still have the same attitudes and feelings, and they have not grown. For the Democrats, segregation is coming back as they convince people to self-segregate, the new normal. Democrats project their own racism onto the rest of the nation’s white population, trying to defend their own racism by claiming that it is genetic, not learned — yet they want desperately to teach it through their Critical Racism Theory training.

    We Americans cannot change history and must accept the fact that the Democrats have created a great deal of suffering and tragedy, but the Democrats work hard to hide their leadership in these terrible actions.

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