Sign On To Change The Radnor Raider Mascot and Name
To Radnor Township School Board and Township Commissioners,
We, the undersigned, urge you to immediately change the name, mascot and imagery used for Radnor sports teams. The ongoing use of “Raider” along with the Indianhead and Native American feather imagery is offensive and not in keeping with the educational goals of our school district to teach respect and to reject all forms of bullying and racism.
The Radnor School District often speaks to the importance of inclusion, respect, and caring for its students and larger community. The “Radnor Raider” is in direct contradiction to these values. It is time for the Radnor Township School Board and Radnor Township Commissioners to lead by example and to reject the ongoing use of such offensive imagery and language. There are hundreds of other mascots Radnor could proudly display. To name a few: The Radnor Raptors, Radnor Red Cardinals, Radnor Red Foxes, Radnor Velvet Ants, Radnor Red Efts, Radnor Ladybugs, Radnor Red Spiders, Radnor Poison Dart Frogs, Radnor Red Crabs, Radnor Red Snakes, Radnor Coral Snakes, Radnor Red Squirrels, Radnor Griffins, Radnor Heat, Radnor Fire, Radnor Lightening or Radnor Hawks.
Claims that the “Raider” name and imagery honor Native American people are simply wrong. According to the Native American people themselves: “rather than honoring Native peoples, these caricatures and stereotypes are harmful, perpetuate negative stereotypes of America’s first peoples, and contribute to a disregard for the personhood of Native peoples.” And assertions of the importance of Radnor tradition cannot outweigh the harm done to Native Americans by this mascot, imagery and name.
Changing the name of our sports teams, and removing the Native American imagery will harm no person in our community; in fact, it will raise us all up as the kind of people and community that demonstrate respect, regard and care for others. The Raider name, mascot and all related imagery and wording must be removed immediately from Radnor’s properties, buildings, signs, team Jerseys, and school-related paraphernalia.
Respectfully Requested by,
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