Group calls for mascot changes

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What should the district do regarding mascot issue?

Change the mascots as soon as possible, regardless of cost
No votes
Change the mascost as soon as we can raise the funds
Do nothing. It's just another expense we can't afford
Do nothing. The mascots are fine the way they are
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Group calls for mascot changes

Postby GregRS » Fri Jun 08, 2007 9:29 am

Recently, a group has claimed that our school mascots are disrespectful to native Americans and should be changed. In Merrimack, our high school and a middle school would be affected.

FYI, the job of changing a mascot is similar to cost associated with changing a school name, an issue that came up not long ago. Items affected by the mascot change would be:

School uniforms
Equipment (Band, athletic, etc)
Gyms (floors, walls, banners)
Trophies, plaques, awards, letters, etc
Wall murals (paintings, signs)
Office supplies (stationary, pencils, pens, etc)
Web pages
Other misc items that may pop up.

I haven't a clue to the total cost, but it could be at least 5 digits.

What would you support?
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Postby Debra Huffman » Fri Jun 08, 2007 10:33 am

Exactly what part of our mascot are you referring to? The name of the teams are the Tomahawks, as in a tool used by native Americans, right? Is there an objection from a recognized native American group to reference to their tools? Or is there something I'm forgetting, like a derogatory depiction of native Americans?

The concept is to make the team seem like something to be feared by adversaries. Recalling the fierceness of our ancestors - be they Viking, native American, or Celtic - seems to suit the sports metaphor well. Whether it pleases us or not, being fierce was a necessary survival mechanism for ALL of our ancestors.
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Postby Ken Coleman » Fri Jun 08, 2007 10:50 am

We went through this a number of years ago.

My ADVICE to everyone is to ignore this. Don't write letters or speak at school board meetings.

The are targeting 100's of schools. If townspeople start making a lot of noise defending the mascot, they will then target our town to take their fight to the media.

In other words, if we do not show up for the fight, there will not be one and this issue will just die a quick death.

My guess is most of you do not remember this issue from a number of years ago. That is because we ignored it and it quickly disappeared.

Just my 2 cents

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Postby Loweresttaxes » Fri Jun 08, 2007 11:08 am

Fine Point Ken.

Consider it ignored.
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Postby RBarnes » Fri Jun 08, 2007 1:31 pm

Having gone to a school who's mascot was the "Red Raiders" with a cartoon Indian (Native American) I just don't get it. I have to agree fully with Ken on this one, just ignore it.
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Postby ragin cajun » Fri Jun 08, 2007 1:43 pm

Here's the article that was in last week's Cabinet and MJ:

By Daymond Steer

Published: Thursday, May. 31, 2007

WILTON — A group called the New England Anti-Mascot Coalition wants two local high schools to dump their mascots, claiming their names are racist.

Targeted for extinction by the group is the “ Indian Warriorâ€
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Postby Michael Pelletier » Fri Jun 08, 2007 5:22 pm

We commemorate the chief architect of Native American dispossession and genocide on our most heavily-circulated unit of paper money, the one that drops into the dispensing bins of millions of ATMs across the nation and around the world. Surely that should be of far greater concern to activists than a middle school's mascot.
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Postby Jeannine Stergios » Fri Jun 08, 2007 5:24 pm

More political correctness gone awry.

I agree - ignore this
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Postby Tom Williams » Sat Jun 09, 2007 11:02 pm

Self-annointed moral superiority is at the root of many of today's problems.

This one is simply asinine.

Just say no.
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Postby Davis Powell » Sun Jun 10, 2007 9:31 pm

Again, this is an attempt of the minority to rule the majority.

I went to the Florida State (the Seminoles) and every now and again this issue comes up.

As noted, James Billie, chairman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida, has stated that FSU’s use of the Seminole name for its team reflects a pride in Florida Seminole history and is an ego boost to his tribe.

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Postby RBarnes » Mon Jun 11, 2007 3:47 pm

Davis Powell wrote:Again, this is an attempt of the minority to rule the majority.

Any group trying to force their will on the rest is wrong regardless if it is a minority forcing their will on a majority or a majority forcing their will on a minority.
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Postby chrisorteg » Tue Jun 12, 2007 11:39 am

I am a proud graduate of Rippowam High School, Stamford, CT. We were the Warriors.

To give you a sense of how times have changed: meet our mascot, George.


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Postby JMac1000 » Wed Jun 13, 2007 11:42 am

I think we should change the name from Merrimack Tomahawks to the Merrimack "tollers", or the Merrimack "Mallers"

Seriously, I agree with Ken. This needs to be ignored. I am sure they are going spend their energy on any communtity that is willing to take the issue up.
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