We no longer use many words that were commonplace during our childhood decades ago, and we do not permit their use under the excuse that, “I didn’t mean it THAT way.” Today, the name Redskins has become such a word. We can no longer hide behind the unknowing thoughtlessness of earlier generations.
The history of Cooperstown school and its academic and sports programs is long and celebrated. Changing the nickname will not eradicate that history. However, it is now time to continue that illustrious history under a new name. It is time for a change.
I’m from the old school
Cooperstown honors its history; Redskins is a part of history. Then I hear the word culture as if it was something new that has never happened before. Does this mean there was no culture when the people decided on this mascot? These were people representing the spirit, honesty, pride and honor of the Indian nation.
Our sports teams have won several championships that means so much to them. There are also players who do have Indian blood in their bodies. There is a vote on the school budget in May. Why don’t we also vote to have the people decide how important this name is? That would be a form of democracy.