Home Sports Kenosha’s Carthage College retires Red Men and Lady Reds team names to boost race and gender equity: ‘We had a name that was offensive to Native Americans’

Kenosha’s Carthage College retires Red Men and Lady Reds team names to boost race and gender equity: ‘We had a name that was offensive to Native Americans’

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Swallow said the Red Men name didn’t originate as a reference to Native Americans but evolved “very explicitly” into that. The name dates to 1920, when Carthage College, then located in Illinois, played a rival team named the Blue Boys, Swallow said. The college, affiliated with Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, was established in Hillsboro, Illinois, in 1847.

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