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Poll: Do You Think Hall Should Get a 'Mascot Makeover'?

One group of students is lobbying to change the Warrior mascot, while another group strongly believes it should be retained.

West Hartford has the Warriors. Across town are the Chieftains. Also in town is – the Indians.

Native American names and symbols are not only associated with the high schools. There are many roads throughout town which bear Native American names.

The Hartford Courant is reporting that a debate is brewing at Hall about changing the warrior mascot. Members of the school's Action Club have deemed the current warrior logo a "stereotypical Native American at war," and find it "offensive."

In defense of the warrior, another group of students has formed "The pREZervation," in an attempt to maintain the "cultural tradition" they believe the mascot represents at Hall.

According to the Courant, Hall Principal Donald Slater will not make any decision until "all voices are heard."

It's a controversial issue, and a debate which has been waged in communities all over the country.

What do you think?

Judi Houpert May 16, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Things I love about Patch: each town has its own forum to get news and discuss issues relevant to residents of the town. Thing I don't like about the Patch: people who are not residents contributing antagonistic and bullying comments on issues that are none of their business.
king of we ha May 17, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Could not agree more Judi. If you don't live in West Hartford, go to your own site and stay out.
d harrington June 16, 2012 at 01:39 AM
http://richardtford.law.stanford.edu/books/the-race-card As a Hall alumnus I take issue that as a Warrior we were racists. A Warrior is a proud leader and protector of his tribe, his people, his land, and his traditions! In this day and time I would hope that our children would embrace that tradition and be proud to emulate the strength and loyalty of a Warrior. Its easy to play the race card and in doing so these students took the easy low road, and whats worse the adults in the administration bought it and supported it. Shameful, and in no way should reflect on the alumni! C -
d harrington June 16, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Fyi..the link I posted is an overview, a one paragraph read. Worth a look.
Emily Streim August 10, 2012 at 09:19 AM
I am very impressed by the students who stepped up in addressing this issue in the first place. The students who initiated the analysis of the mascot logo did a ton of research, speaking with local parents, students, teachers, and people who identify with certain Native American tribes. The idea is not that these kids find the use of a Native American symbol inappropriate. Rather, it is that they found the logo to be stereotypical and non-representative of the true nature, culture, and beliefs of those identifying as Native American. These students have been needlessly attacked by their peers and their elders. It's true: the logo is not meant to trivialize the Native American. Rather, it is meant to glorify the warrior. This does not mean, however, that everyone recognizes the meaning behind the logo. It can be found insulting and misguided. I am a former Hall graduate, and I still have--and wear--various sports teams' shirts and sweatshirts that bear the warrior logo. But my allegiance to my high school and my teams is not based on the existence on one picture. Changing the logo may in fact be a good thing--it will be more inclusive of all those who have any connection with Hall High School. People cannot be afraid of change. Otherwise we are always stuck with what we already have--good or bad. Please. these kids are being bullied by people they know and by total strangers. I ask that people have the common decency to respect the students who decided to act on their beliefs.

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