Scott Walker is Unintimidate? More like Spineless.
Gov. Scott Walker said Tuesday that school districts should drop Indian team names and mascots on their own and questioned whether the state should force them to do so, signaling that he will sign a bill this week making it harder for state officials to end the practice.
Schools ought to come up with team names that tribal members do not find offensive, Walker said. But he said he would prefer to see schools do that voluntarily.
“If it were me, personally, I’d find a way to move away from nicknames or mascots that certain groups of our fellow citizens seriously found to be offensive,” Walker said during an interview Tuesday at the governor’s mansion along Lake Mendota.
Walker’s fellow Republicans passed a bill this fall that would make it much harder for the state to order schools to change race-based team names and mascots.
Walker has until Thursday to sign or veto the measure; if he does nothing, it will automatically become law then. Walker said he would not allow the measure to go into law on its own, saying he would approve or reject it by the deadline.
He said he empathized with those who are offended by Indian team names, but cast the ability of schools to choose their team names as a First Amendment right.
I’m disgusted (but not at all surprised) that Gov. Walker would take a strong stand in favor of allowing schools to keep their offensive school mascots/logos.