Tomorrow, the state assembly is going to vote on a bill that would punish schools that use Native American imagery for their mascots. The full story's here.
I have Polish/Irish/German ancestry, but consider myself American first and foremost.
When I see this...
I couldn't care less.
If I were to see a team mascot called the Germantown Alcholics Who Wear Funny Pants...
Playing an accordian in the middle of the grocery store? Of course he's sober!
It wouldn't bother me a bit.
If I saw a team mascot called the Poniatowski Submarine Screen Door Installers...
While lacking a screen door, the Polish Navy's new "stealth" subs had their own issues.
it wouldn't bother me.
Maybe it's because I have a pretty thick skin. As an person of Irish/German/Polish decent who's not offended by school mascots or slurs against my heritage, I don't get why anyone would be offended by the Mosinee Indians.
But that's just the thing. I'm NOT a Native American. I'll never "get" why a Native American would be offended by the Mosinee Indians.
I'd be offended if a Native American insisted that I be offended by the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
That's why I don't insist that Native Americans not be offended by the Mosinee Indians, Washinton Redskins, Cleveland Indians or any other mascot based in Native American Imagery.
I don't "get" it. I never will, but they shouldn't have to suffer any sort of anguish due to my not "getting" it.
Our newsguy, Chris Conley, Blogged about this too. He may want to read this before referencing "No Irish Need Apply". Just sayin'.
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