LaFave opposes mascot legislation

IRON MOUNTAIN – State Rep. Beau LaFave, R-Iron Mountain, said he will fight state legislation to eliminate all school mascots deemed “race and ethnicity-based.”

LaFave noted that previous attempts to force Michigan schools to change mascots have been denied by the U.S. Department of Education and the state Attorney General.

Senate Bill 646, submitted by state Sen. Ian Conyers D-Detroit, has been assigned to the Senate Education Committee and has yet to be scheduled for a hearing.

“I have not heard from one Upper Peninsula resident who was offended by a school’s mascot,” LaFave said. “This bill is just another weak attempt at forcing political correctness onto us, typically from individuals who could not find Escanaba, Gladstone or Felch on a map much less know how these communities respect and celebrate their local schools’ mascot.”

Should the legislation be approved by that committee and the Senate, it would advance to the House where LaFave has promised to fight it.

“I was elected to bring Upper Peninsula values to the Capitol and not to have Lansing, Detroit or anyone else dictate new school mascots from their high horse,” LaFave said.