Racial slur or point of pride? Why the debate over the Neshaminy ‘Redskins’ persists

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Cheerleaders perform at a Neshaminy Redskins basketball game on Jan. 15, 2019. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Cheerleaders perform at a Neshaminy Redskins basketball game on Jan. 15, 2019. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

For decades, the sports teams in the Neshaminy School District in Bucks County have been called the Redskins. While the district and many residents see the name as a point of pride, others say it’s an offensive racial slur for Native Americans. Now, the issue is in the hands of Pennsylvania’s Human Relations Commission, which could force Neshaminy to stop using the name. On this episode of The Why, WHYY reporter Aaron Moselle joins us to talk about why both sides in this argument can’t seem to hear each other.

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