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Let’s talk about race. In class.

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Umika Pathak, Contributor

June 23, 2020

Umika Pathak is a rising senior at GMHS. She serves on the senior class SCA. A favorite joke of the Mason student body is the issue of diversity in Falls Church. We are a wealthy and predominantly white community which perhaps offers up some hardy comedic material. I too laugh at these jokes, a...

Redirect name change efforts to meaningful alternatives

A sign advertising the new high school, for which FCCPS is currently planning to keep the name George Mason. Some community members have expressed concern about continuing to have a school named after someone who was a slaveholder. (Photo by Sequoia Wyckoff)

Olivia Pilson, Contributor

June 23, 2020

Olivia Pilson is a rising senior at GMHS. She is the president of the Mustang Ambassadors program. Educating students on racism and slavery in this country and emphasizing the importance of diversity starting from a younger age is critical. Even though many in the community want to  change the names...

Name change requires curriculum change

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Pariss Quaintance, Contributor

June 14, 2020

Pariss Quaintance is a rising junior at GMHS. She is president of the Black Student Union and was a member of the sophomore class SCA. I understand that the school board is considering changing the name of George Mason High School. In my opinion, as a minority student, I don't believe they should r...

We need to have a community-wide discussion about what a name change means

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Sam Mostow, Sports Editor

June 14, 2020

In the wake of George Floyd’s death and the protests that followed it, the community is discussing changing the names of places named after slaveholders, such as George Mason High and Thomas Jefferson Elementary. A demonstration outside of Mason to call for a name change was held on June 6. A petition ...

Change our school names – then change the way we talk about history

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Sequoia Wyckoff and Eva Williams

June 11, 2020

On June 9, the School Board briefly discussed the prospect of changing the names of Thomas Jefferson Elementary School and George Mason High School. This was prompted by a community-wide discussion about the school names, following national demonstrations protesting police violence against black Ameri...

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