Rebel and redskin
When Lamar High School take the field against Westbury, it's the Redskins versus the Rebels. The superintendent for HISD wants to bench those mascots. We caught up with some Lamar students who hate the idea.
"We're not using it in a derogatory way. We're using it as a symbol for a powerful person. That's what we're using redskin as a symbol for," said Ryan Delcourt.
"The school's been that for a long time and why change the name right now? it makes no sense," said Uche Owor.
"I love the name redskin. It represents Lamar," said Alexis Guera.
There are some who say it represents a legacy of oppression and racism. That viewpoint has been gathering stream nationwide.
The Washington Redskins are under pressure from Native American groups to lose their name and logo.
Some colleges like Ole Miss have swapped Colonel Reb for a black bear. Westbury High is majority minority and yet some students don't mind the name.
"We can't stop being the rebels because we've been the rebels for years, " said African American student Marlon Jackson. He confessed, he didn't know where the name came from.
"I say keep it the same because it's not hurting anybody. It's just a name. It don't mean nothing really," Chimed in Anthony Perry, another African American student.
The Superintendent wants both Westbury and Lamar as well as Welsh and Hamilton to come up with new names. A school board subcommittee has drafted a measure for a full vote later in the week. Pass? fail? Too hard to tell right now.
"To be honest with you, the majority of us have not discussed it among ourselves. It hasn't come up," said board member Rhonda Skillern-Jones.
But some Alumni are resigned to a name change, they say times have changed. They will move on as long as the district plays it gracefully.
"I think if it's handles in a logical fashion, nothing's put upon them it should be fine," said Johnny Disch, Lamar class of 1965.
The board will vote on the measure Thursday.