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MASCOTS: Focus on education, not PC

Letter by Julie Birley, Gig Harbor on Oct. 2, 2012 at 1:02 pm with No Comments »
October 4, 2012 10:17 am

Re: “Board urges schools to drop Indian mascots” (TNT, 9-29).

The state Board of Education needs to be more concerned with quality of education in our schools than worrying about school mascot names with Indian themes such as the Braves, Warriors, etc. Not everyone conjures up a negative image when they see a team using an Indian name. I have always visualized a positive image, a tough Indian warrior on a horse, which is a proud part of Indian heritage.

Let’s examine other mascot names:

• Vikings – Wikipedia describes Vikings as Norse explorers, warriors and pirates who raided, traded and explored Europe. The raiding part sounds questionable to me, probably includes pillaging and plundering.

• Buccaneer – The word is a synonym for pirate. Again the pirate word. I doubt pirates possessed many admirable qualities.

• Cougar – A Utah school recently rejected the name as it found the term offensive to older women. As an older woman, I find this absolutely laughable.

Are we so over the top about being politically correct that we lose sight of priorities? By the way, Stanford, how is “the tree” working as a mascot?

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