I think the use of Native American mascots at East High School would be totally appropriate. The Native American head we used to use to symbolize our school is not at all offensive and it is not supposed to be.
Some people, I believe, want to feel victimized; they want to feel like they’re being singled out. Then, there are people that want to be peace makers and want to try and make everyone happy, but that’s just not realistic.
Are we really offending the Native American people by having a high school football team’s mascot be the silhouette of a Native American wearing a head dress? I don’t think so.
If anything I believe it should an honor for the Native American people to represent our school. We take pride in being the Scarlet’s. We all personally believe we are great, although it may not always show.
Plus, it’s really hard to dress up as an “E.” No one wants to be a letter! Why do the surrounding schools get to have fun mascots like for example The Roosevelt Rough Riders or The Lincoln Rail-splitters? Those are people mascots.
Now, I can see why some people might get offended by the name “Redskins.” Redskins used to be a derogatory term used towards Native Americans. Although it’s rarely ever used anymore, if a Native American group specifically asked the team to change the name out of respect, hopefully the team would honor that. But other than that, if it’s not specifically offending anyone then who cares?