KELLER, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A controversial mascot will be the topic of discussion at the Keller ISD school board meeting Monday night, March 29.
Opponents of the Keller High School Indians mascot say they hope it means the beginning of the end of their five-year fight for change.READ MORE: Mesquite Police Identify Officer Killed In Shooting, Vigil To Be Held Sunday
It’s a fight that gathered momentum thanks to a PBS documentary earlier this year called, “Changing a Racist Mascot” – and featuring Keller ISD.
Opponents say change is long overdue.
“It may not be easy to make that change, but as we’ve seen from Atlanta and other hate crimes and just blatant racism, words matter, and symbols matter,” said Keller ISD resident Wendel Withrow.
Withrow will voice his opinion at Monday night’s school board meeting, where he says the topic is at last on the agenda.
He’ll be joined by Indigenous rights activist Yolanda Blue Horse.READ MORE: 1 Killed, 3 Injured In Arlington Car Accident
“They’re not either accepting or not wanting to acknowledge that it is wrong,” said Blue Horse. “Native Americans, Indigenous People, we are the only people that are turned into mascots, turned into characters.”
Supporters say the mascot honors Native Americans.
The nearly 35,000 people who have signed a petition for the mascot to change disagree.
While a vote is not expected Monday, Blue Horse said she’s cautiously optimistic that it will happen soon – for the sake of the students.
“These are our future leaders. Do you want them to grow up thinking that it is okay to make fun of another race, to turn them into cartoon characters or our mascots? It’s not. It really isn’t.”
The board meeting starts at 6:30 pm.MORE NEWS: No. 3 Cincinnati Claims AAC Crown, Possible Playoff Spot
Keller ISD declined to comment on the matter.