Because, you know… it’s Madison and they aren’t down for that kind of freedom.
The amended rule states that students may not “wear clothing with words, pictures, or caricatures based on negative stereotypes of a specific gender, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation or disability. Students may not wear shirts, hats, or other attire depicting Native American team names, logos, or mascots.”
Most school district policies ban only the display of Native American logos or mascots by sports teams and don’t address student attire, said Tim Fish, coordinator of the Title VII Indian Education Program. The amended policy goes into effect next school year, he said.
But, of course, there is an exception for Madison’s own Black Hawk Middle School.
Burke did want assurances that adopting the policy would not mean the school district had to change the name of Black Hawk Middle School.
So a kid can wear a Black Hawk shirt about the school but not a Blackhawks shirt referring to the Chicago Blackhawks because that’s different… or something.