- Cape businessman known for starting NARS dies at 49 (2/23/17)9
- Man shot by police ID'd; witness shares his side of story (2/17/17)31
- MSHP: McLendon shot in side; autopsy refutes witness account (2/19/17)23
- Apparent punch at girls basketball game propels lawmaker into action (2/21/17)4
- Business notebook: Owners ready to roll out the Barrel 131 (2/20/17)6
- Missouri bill would limit transgender school bathroom access (2/22/17)48
- Annual father-daughter dance provides some fun bonding time (2/19/17)1
- SoutheastHEALTH, Washington University School of Medicine announce collaboration (2/24/17)18
- City issues precautionary boil order near Arena Park (2/23/17)
- $22M bond issue would alter Jackson schools (2/22/17)12
Dishonoring Native Americans
"Indian" mascots, logos and nicknames are a stereotype of a particular race. When the schools support the use of these mascots it's racism. People can be proud of their schools and sports teams, but it dishonors the Native American people when tradition and traditional dress are depicted inaccurately. The school can say that it is honoring the Native American people, but we don't feel that way. They don't understand that the symbols used such as the head dress, drum and face painting have a sacred meaning to us and to see another culture using these things outside of a sacred ceremony is appalling.
Even the use of the word "Indian" is offensive; it is not what we call ourselves. The term came from an explorer who was lost and looking for India. We are known by the nation we come from -- Cherokee, Chippewa, etc. The use of these mascots hurts our culture even though there was no intent to do so in the beginning. When it persists, then it becomes intentional. Most schools have rules about cultural sensitivity and contradict their own policy when these mascots are used. Until the logos are removed, things will remain as hypocritical rhetoric.
FRANK CRUSE, Cape Girardeau