What is not “potentially offensive”?

Group pushes for state law banning Native American mascots

KOMO News:  There’s a new statewide push to end the use of Native American mascots in public schools.

It’s a battle that’s been going on for years, but now a group is calling on Washington state to take immediate action. The Seattle Human Rights Commission passed a resolution Friday urging the state to step up and put an end to these potentially offensive namesakes.

Across the state, many high school athletes still wear uniforms with Native American symbols, but the commission wants to ban the tradition. Chris Stearns of the Seattle Human Rights Commission says the use of the mascots in public schools creates a negative social identity and stereotypes the culture. He says it can even cause low self-esteem among young natives.

“There’s really no parallel outside of the non-Indian realm,” says Stearns. “When they go to games and they’re playing another team, usually the fans on the other side – they’re pretty creative. They’re smart kids, and they come up with all sorts of ways to make fun of the tomahawks, the Indians, the warriors. etc.”

At least 30 schools across the state use some kind of Native American reference when it comes to a mascot even though the state Board of Education passed a resolution in September encouraging public schools to voluntarily stop using Native American mascots, logos and names.

“I think that people like tradition, and I think that people don’t really understand how offensive this can be, and I think there’s just an educational process,” says Stearns. Nearly 10 years ago, Issaquah High School changed its mascot from the “Indians” to “Eagles” after concerns were raised about offending the Native American culture.

In Oregon, Native American mascots are now banned. Schools have five years to phase out the symbols. (Apparently it’s so offensive yet they have five years to actually do something about it.)

Stearns is hopeful more Washington state schools will be forced to get on board. “Our hope is that things do change. America is always evolving, it’s always changing,” he says.

The Seattle Human Rights Commission is now trying to find a state legislator to sponsor a bill that would ban Native American mascots in public schools.

So if we’re going to get rid of “potentially offensive” mascot names, what about the Fighting Irish, the Vikings, the Canucks, and the Yankees?

Instead of manufacturing a victim mentality, why not celebrate the tradition of mascots and the pride that students have in them as a representation of their school? Mascots are a role model of strength and pride.

Maybe the Seattle Rights Commission should evolve their opinion and try looking at mascots as heroes, not victims.



11 responses to “What is not “potentially offensive”?

  1. “What is not ‘potentially racist’?”
    Good question, DCG. The answer, of course, is EVERYTHING is “potentially racist”! So when will white and other thus-far-polite Americans start screaming “raaaacist” as well?


  2. Heck, anything left/libtards don’t like is “potentially offensive” to them.


  3. Even the comments on KOMO say it’s a fail as well. Yet they continue to vote for these PC fools. Can’t fix stoopid…


  4. I have never understood the problem with native names for mascots. The names honor them, not slander them.


    • Lets imagine that Iraq or some other muslim country invaded America and then named their football teams there ‘The Texans’, ‘Christians’ etc. I wonder how many ‘natives’ would feel honored.


  5. Grouchy, my new favorite term is “weapons-grade” face-palm! I think you kind of have to two-handed massage the incredulity into your face for a few moments!


  6. Has anyone asked if native Americans were offended by using native names for mascots? i could understand if any had complained about it, but I’ve never heard of any complaints. How pathetic to dream up problems that probably don’t exist. What an empty life that must be, filled with nothing but baloney.


    The word “hell” is often (usually) considered “profanity” as in “go to …” and “what the …”, no? And to some, profanity is “objectionable”.
    Well, if you add just ONE little letter to “hell” it becomes “hello”! Thus this not too obscure allusion to profanity MUST BE OUTLAWED!


  8. Well God help Wash. Co MD! We have the Warriors, (and weren’t there Greek Warriors, and Roman Warriors, etc.?? Why is this such a bad name?), the Rebels, (now THIS one will be gone w/in a couple years, you watch. Don’t know how they’ve managed to keep it this long!) We have the Hubs, what kinda name is THAT? Wonder who could find a reason to hate “the Blazers”? (Another stupid name)

    How about the Trojans? I used to own a shirt w/ “the Trojans” written all over it, until a friend asked why I was wearing a shirt advertising condoms all over it. Just never could bring myself to wear it again. And it was my best alumni shirt too… *sigh…and a grin*

    When are the animals going to get their collective danders up? We’ve got the Leopards, the Wildcats, (go Williamsport! Informally known as the “River Rats” too, because Williamsport is surrounded on 3 sides by the Potomac River, never met one yet who was ashamed of being a “river rat”! My hubby’s alma mater. Do River Rats get mad?) Then we have the Panthers, are they gonna get pissed? That’s just on one county, absent all the “specialty schools” I never knew we had ’til I looked up everyone’s mascot. It’s all a buncha banana oil and ever so much hooey, just to keep a hornet’s nest all stirred cuz some ppl don’t know how to live any other way. They need to get a life.


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