Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Letters to the Editor

June 6, 2013

Nickname issue is not dead yet

With the Chief statue being returned to the gym at Goshen High School, most would feel that the battle was won. But this fight over Goshen’s mascot and nickname is far from over. The fact of the matter is, had it not been for social media the administration might not have received the backlash that it did from the public. But if this plays out like many issues in our society do, within a few weeks or months this issue will lose public interest. I would like to offer encouragement against that.

Furthermore, I would suggest that this is not only the time to fight to keep our mascot and nickname but the issue should be pressed further. The decisions made by the athletic council, for instance, that led to the removal of the Indian image from the gym floor and uniforms worn by Goshen athletes should be challenged as well. What’s the point in having a mascot and telling athletes and students to show “Redskin Pride” while at the same time keeping the image of the mascot hidden away from the public eye in shame?

Some wonder why so many are standing up and taking issue with this and I believe the answer is simple. I believe that people are tired of living in a politically correct world where zero tolerance and non-offensive policies seem to be everywhere you look. Let’s not forget that it was Goshen College that found our own national anthem to be offensive. Where does the list of offenses stop? It’s time to make a stand, let the majority be heard, and tell those few that are offended that we’re sorry but we’re not changing years of tradition and practice to suffice you, we can’t always make everyone happy all the time.

— Dustin Bailey

Goshen

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