This week’s federal ruling to cancel the Washington Redskins’ trademark registration is expected to put new pressure on high schools that continue to use racially insensitive team names and mascots. But no one will feel that pressure more than the dozens of high schools across the country that share the name “Redskins.”
In the map above, you can see the beginning of a greater shift away from the derogatory team name. Several schools, especially in the Northeast, have already abandoned the offensive moniker. Schools in the Midwest, however, have been slower to change with the times.
While the trademark ruling will help to move the chains on this issue, the number of red dots cluttering the map shows how far America still has to go before it reaches the end zone.
(Credit for the data used in this map goes to this phenomenal Capital News Service piece)