Goshen News, Goshen, IN

May 15, 2013

More important issues than a nickname

— I would like to, in the most respectful way possible, respond to Mr. Chupp’s letter (The Goshen News, May 9) regarding the ongoing debate over the term “Redskins” being used as the nickname and mascot for the Goshen school system.

One thing we share is common ground. We both share Native American ancestry. With that being said, I must, most respectfully, disagree with you on the charge that the name is an “insult, degradation, racism, and an ongoing slap-in-the face.” To some it may be, but to others it’s not. The fact of the matter is that by far, it seems most people don’t look at it that way.

I will admit that for several years it seems as though a small group has, from time to time, voiced its concern just as you have. But on a local or even national level, I don’t believe there is the outrage that you and others who share your opinion seem to believe is there. I also believe that this is an issue that people who live in the Goshen school district should be addressing. Not someone from the outside who has no viable interest in the business of the Goshen school system.

I would like to ask if you have canceled your cable or satellite subscription along with your subscription to The Goshen News. Last time I checked, ESPN and all the local and national news channels were still talking about the Washington Redskins, Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Braves, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Blackhawks and well, that list just goes on and on. With all due respect, I just believe there are more important issues that we in Goshen should be dealing with right now.

— Dustin Bailey