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Mascot Dispute...

by Adam Bjaranson

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Posted on July 31, 2007 at 11:52 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:41 PM

Let me begin by saying this is a sensitive topic among many people....and I fully respect and understand that. That said, I don't grasp how history can dictate and possibly manipulate schools and communities in a moments notice. I'm referring to what has been "proposed" by one former student on the Oregon coast. He's a Native American who attended a game last year with his family in Mollala. While there, he witnessed a non-Native American in an Indian headress....with a target painted on his chest. Yes, that's a tad offensive.
Now, there is a Advisory Committee in place in Salem at the office of the State Superintendent. That group will look into possibly removing the 16 schools...that have ties to Native American mascots. Anything with Warriors, Indians, Braves and Chieftains are close to changing. We won't know anything more until mid-August when the two groups meeting in Salem. I spoke with the student who told me "it's institutionalized racism"....and he wants "a better learning environment for his neices, nephews and children someday". I respect that....but I feel it should be left up to each individual community to make this massive change.

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