Historians estimate that about 50 towns and almost 1,000 homes were destroyed during this campaign. Though direct casualties of the native people were not recorded, it is known that by November of that year, 3,000 displaced refugees huddled at the gates and in the parade grounds of British Fort Niagara. These men, women and children arrived with just the clothing on their backs before the coldest winter of the 18th century. The fact that many survived was only due to the efforts of the British Rangers, who quickly constructed cabins for them and provided basic rations.
I believe that the Cooperstown Central School Board and all involved in planning this change consider this and the long history of the term “Redskin” as a racial slur. Do we really want our school identified with this when there are many other positive names that the students can be proud to call themselves and remember long after graduation?
Livermore is vice president for education
for the New York State Historical Association
CCS alumni shares
letter to BOE
This is a letter that I recently sent to the Cooperstown Board of Education:
Dear Board Members:
I was thrilled to learn you were reevaluating our school’s nickname. As a CCS alumni and Cooperstown local, I ask you to repair the damage caused by our school’s unfortunate nickname.
Calling ourselves the “Redskins” is harmful and hurtful. While many community members take pride in this nickname, the term has been and continues to be a source of shame and embarrassment for others, including myself.
Supporters of our nickname have raised many hollow arguments in the past. First, some have remarked that they personally know American Indians who support the use of Indian mascots and nicknames by educational institutions. Yet individuals cannot speak for a people. For instance, even if a few of my African-American friends supported changing our nickname to the “Blackies,” countless other African-Americans would rightfully take offense.