K01202 Summary:

BILL NO    K01202 

SAME AS    No Same As 

SPONSOR    Camara


MLTSPNSR   Barrett, Brindisi, Crespo, Davila, Farrell, Galef, Glick, Gottfried,
           Gunther, Jacobs, Kim, Markey, Mosley, Ortiz, Palumbo, Perry, Raia,
           Rivera, Saladino, Scarborough, Schimel, Sepulveda, Skoufis, Steck,
           Titone, Titus, Weprin, Wright

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K01202 Actions:

BILL NO    K01202 

05/13/2014 referred to tourism, parks, arts and sports development
05/19/2014 reported referred to rules
05/19/2014 reported to calendar for consideration
05/19/2014 adopted
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K01202 Text:

LEGISLATIVE   RESOLUTION  condemning  the  promotion  and  marketing  of
dictionary-defined racial slurs as mascots

WHEREAS, Students in Cooperstown, New  York,  recently  declared  racial
slurs  should  not  be  used  as team names and consequently worked with
their school board to stop  using  the  dictionary-defined  racial  slur
"redskin" as their team's name; and
  WHEREAS,  Other  school  boards  and  city  councils across the United
States have followed Cooperstown students' example and taken actions  to
stop using the same dictionary-defined racial slur as a team name; and
  WHEREAS,  The  National  Collegiate  Athletic  Association  (NCAA) has
worked to halt the use of dictionary-defined racial slurs as team names;
  WHEREAS, The United States Government, through the Patent Office,  has
identified "redskin" as "a derogatory slang term"; and
  WHEREAS,  In  addition,  members  of  Congress,  religious leaders and
sports icons have spoken  out  against  the  use  of  dictionary-defined
racial slurs as team names; and
  WHEREAS,  Decades  of  social  science research documents the negative
psychological,  cultural  and  public  health  effects  of  the   public
promotion of dictionary-defined racial slurs by sports teams; and
  WHEREAS, This Legislative Body supports the equal treatment of all the
people  of  New York State and discourages the use of dictionary-defined
racial slurs as school mascots; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in  its  deliberations  to,
out of respect for the diverse heritage of the United States of America,
urge  owners of professional sports franchises to follow the lead of the
Cooperstown students and condemn the promotion and marketing of diction-
ary-defined racial slurs, and schools refrain from using them  as  names
for mascots.
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