Goshen News, Goshen, IN

June 5, 2013

Where will this foolishness end?


— It’s dinner time and the doorbell rings. You get up and open the door and there stands a young school person. “Good evening, Sir. My name is (fill in the blank) and I’m selling this coupon book to help our Goshen Redskin (football, basketball, baseball, track) team. Would you be so kind to support our fundraising effort ?”

You reach in your pocket and take out a $20, because you can see the anticipation in this young, nervous person’s face and their pride in representing their team. They’ve looked forward from grade school, through middle school and finally they are representing “Redskin Pride,” passed down to them from their parents and grandparents.

But wait a minute, someone in the administration waited until school was out and made an arbitrary decision because of political correctness and had the (Indian chief) statue taken down and placed, in of all places, the wrestling coaches’ area.  The coach just so happens to be a Native American descendant and one who is proud of the mascot and coaching the Redskins wrestling team. There, folks, is the insult!

If this ridiculousness continues, next they’ll go after Harvard’s mascot, John Harvard the Pilgrim (even though their teams are known as Crimson); or New England College’s “Patty the Pilgrim.” What about Oklahoma State’s Cowboys’ “Pistol Pete” or Michigan State’s Spartan?

Let’s face it, those Pilgrims carried their muskets, and “Pistol Pete,” my goodness, and Spartans were completely focused on their military.

Where is this foolishness going to end? Please, put the statue back and let our seniors enjoy their graduation.

— John Huber

Goshen

Editor’s note: School administrators announced Tuesday that the statue would be displayed for graduation.