Goshen News, Goshen, IN

May 15, 2013

Goshen should stick with ‘Redskins’

— I must respond to the letter to the editor from Mr. Ron Chupp (The Goshen News, May 9). What’s in a name, Mr. Chupp? I too have a Native American heritage, and for some reason, I am not offended by the term Redskins, or brown skins or any other color of skins.

My ancestors migrated to this country during the early 1700’s — not quite sure, but I think from Scotland — and settled in Kentucky. Their sons then migrated to Missouri and, for generations there after, settled in and all became farmers. Therefore I am also a redneck. I am not offended. I am also a hillbilly. I’m still not offended by the use of these terms. I am married to a woman that is half Mexican. Boy, could I make a ruckus out of being offended or what.

I remember an old adage from when I was a young school boy when there really were school yard bullies. Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. That has always stuck with me.

I do not know of anyone who is offended by the term Redskins, except for the few that want to change tradition under the guise of being offended. I do believe that this country has a heck of a lot more to be concerned about. Goshen, please keep the mascot the way it is, Just an old warrior speaking out.

— Roy (Nick) Nichols