Resolution J4907-2013

Condemning the promotion and marketing of dictionary-defined racial slurs as school mascots

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  • May 29, 2014: ADOPTED
  • May 29, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • May 8, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE   RESOLUTION  condemning  the  promotion  and  marketing  of
dictionary-defined racial slurs as school mascots

WHEREAS, City Councils and school boards across the country have  called
for  an end to the use of dictionary-defined racial slurs as sports team
names; and
  WHEREAS, The  National  Collegiate  Athletic  Association  (NCAA)  has
worked to halt the use of dictionary-defined racial slurs as team names;
and
  WHEREAS,  Many  major  news  organizations have declared they will not
repeat the use of dictionary-defined racial slurs by sports teams; and
  WHEREAS, Professional sports leagues have both  the  power  and  moral
obligation  to  halt individual franchises from promoting dictionary-de-
fined racial slurs; and
  WHEREAS, The United States Government, through the Patent Office,  has
identified "redskin" as "a derogatory slang term"; and
  WHEREAS,  Decades  of  social  science research documents the negative
psychological,  cultural  and  public  health  effects  of  the   public
promotion of dictionary-defined racial slurs by sports teams; and
  WHEREAS,  State  Legislatures have throughout history played a crucial
role speaking out on behalf of equal rights for all Americans; and
  WHEREAS, This Legislative Body supports the equal treatment of all the
people of New York State and discourages the use  of  dictionary-defined
racial slurs as school mascots; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to,
out of respect for the diverse heritage of the United States of America,
urge owners of professional sports franchises to condemn  the  promotion
and marketing of dictionary-defined racial slurs, and refrain from using
them as names for school mascots.

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