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Protest pressuring Paw Paw to change mascot’s name

Protestors gathered outside Mayors’ Riverfront Park in Kalamazoo to bring attention to what they say is racism in American sports.

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Protestors gathered outside Mayors’ Riverfront Park in Kalamazoo to bring attention to what they say is racism in American sports.

The group wants Paw Paw Schools to abandon its use of the "Red Skins" mascot.

They protested Saturday as the Paw Paw High School Boys Soccer Team played Hackett Catholic nearby.

One protestor tells us she hopes to educate people about the origin of the name "Red Skins."

“The artwork in itself is racist and the origin of the word is a bounty on native heads. Bounty hunters would bring in red skins and get paid for them. It's a violent ugly reminder about what we went through as a people and the word itself is harmful,” said Julie Dye of the Michigan Coalition Against Racism.

Julie Dye says there have been efforts to change the mascot at Paw Paw Schools for more than a decade.

Last month the district's superintendent released a statement saying she respects the protestors' concerns and hopes to work with community members to gain a better perspective on this important issue.

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