School Mascots: Wisconsin State Senat...

School Mascots: Wisconsin State Senate approves bill forcing sc...

There are 22 comments on the Fox6 story from Apr 13, 2010, titled School Mascots: Wisconsin State Senate approves bill forcing sc.... In it, Fox6 reports that:

Wisconsin State Senators approve a bill that calls for hefty fines for districts that don't drop the mascots.

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James

United States

#1 Apr 13, 2010
Why would you name a high school, college, or pro team that is anything but respective? Isn't it an honor? Who wouldn't want to be known as a strong brave warrior? The timing of this couldn't be worse either, like these schools districts the money to make the changes. All this is is white liberal guilt. I believe there has been surveys done that most Native Americans do not mind.
Meghan OConnor

Menomonee Falls, WI

#2 Apr 13, 2010
Mike Lowe is such a cutie pie! Does anyone else love his deep voice as much as I do?
Josh

Brooklyn, NY

#3 Apr 14, 2010
I'm glad that those who feel the appropriation of Native Culture by non-Natives, known as cultural slavery, is appropriate will now have to prove that. Institutional racism is difficult to identify with because these behaviors have become embedded into the social fabric. It might not be intended as harmful by those that grew up with this kind of thinking; but there are those who are harmed by it. A formal hearing case by case can certainly lend itself to putting some balance on the issue.
Rick J

Milwaukee, WI

#4 Apr 14, 2010
What's next, are they going to make cities, towns and counties change ther names too? Winabago county, Oshkosh, Menomonee, and M Falls just to name a few are all with Native American desent. Lets get real and look at the real issues that are having a day to day impact on peoples lives. The economy, crime, etc. GOVERNMENT, QUIT WASTING YOUR TIME AND MY TAX MONEY AND GET REAL!!!!!!!!!
Shelly

Milwaukee, WI

#5 Apr 14, 2010
This is a no brainer. EVERY culture in the United States deserves respect and should not be relegated to a mascot. Just as the Indian mascot is inappropriate, so would a "German Sourkraut" or an "Irish clover" or any mascot that makes reference to a religion all in the name of "tradition". The definition of insanity is doing things you've always done and expecting a different result. If the citizens of the community come together, I am certain they can find a mascot name that represents their school pride and community without being offensive. Right now, the only the only tradition that resonates from their community right now is, "Out of Touch".
mclynda

West Bend, WI

#6 Apr 14, 2010
Oh please - nothing better to do with your time or money?
Adam

Milwaukee, WI

#7 Apr 14, 2010
Geeze. Many of the native americans in this area are proud to have the school be called the Indians. They are showing pride and honor. All it is is the Liberal mindset to have everything stripped away because its what they want. Interview the natives around here, youll have more in favor of the name than against it.
ghost

Milwaukee, WI

#8 Apr 14, 2010
This is ridictulis! the goverment has taken enough away from these people!
Leave the native americans alone!!! damn!!!
ghost

Milwaukee, WI

#9 Apr 14, 2010
the united states has taken away enough from the native americans! i'm sick of seeing these people go through this! enough goverment! enough!!!!!
Todd

Milwaukee, WI

#10 Apr 14, 2010
This is the garbage that our legislature worries about, not anything related to creating or retrieving lost jobs,or lowering taxes, just nonsense like this. Let's find out who is behind this and all who supported it and vote them out in November.

Since: Jul 09

Milwaukee

#11 Apr 14, 2010
As an alumni of Menomonee Falls, this sucks A LOT! I remember being proud to be a Menomonee Falls Indian. To me it actually meant something, and I worked very hard to live up to the legacy put forth by athletes that came before me.

Names like this are a sign of respect, and helped inspire me to be the best that I could be. The Native American is a symbol of inspiration to a lot of people.

Well I've said my peace. Thanks.
Michelle Chapman

United States

#12 Apr 14, 2010
I sure hope that if the Wisconsin State Senators are approving changing the mascot names at schools, that they are also changing the names of cities as well. The whole state of Wisconsin is based off of Indian names. We are currently in an economic crisis, and the state of Wisconsin wants to spend tax payer’s money on such trivial matters as the names of school mascots. I have three children in Kewaskum School District, and they are all proud to be referred to as INDIANS. The state of Wisconsin should let the PEOPLE vote on this, not create an unnecessary bill. You will cause middle class Americans once again to pay more taxes to fix something that is clearly not broken. Please don't be so quick to create this bill, please talk to the people in the communities that will be affected by the changes that only a handful of people want.

call me crazy

Spokane, WA

#13 Apr 14, 2010
Michelle Chapman wrote:
I sure hope that if the Wisconsin State Senators are approving changing the mascot names at schools, that they are also changing the names of cities as well. The whole state of Wisconsin is based off of Indian names.
I see this change coming some day as more and more states pass legislation for "English Only" laws. If they want everyone to speak ONLY English they will need to get rid of all the Indian names for the cities and states. And while they are at it they will need to change the names of any cities, businesses, schools that have French, Spanish, Italian..........
If they want English only then by all means make the states ENGLISH ONLY!
I know most of you will not get the point, except for the one on top of your head BUT just because YOU don't see anything wrong with mascot names does not mean it is still not wrong.
If the original intent was to honor Indians, way, way back at some point in time that intent has been lost to most people.
How can it truly be a honor if then names you use are said as a insult to us?

We know NOT everyone is like that but some words cut too deep.
How do you explain to a small Indian child that being called a "filthy savage" was ment to be a honor?
Mil-town boy

Chicago, IL

#14 Apr 14, 2010
call me crazy wrote:
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I see this change coming some day as more and more states pass legislation for "English Only" laws. If they want everyone to speak ONLY English they will need to get rid of all the Indian names for the cities and states. And while they are at it they will need to change the names of any cities, businesses, schools that have French, Spanish, Italian..........
If they want English only then by all means make the states ENGLISH ONLY!
I know most of you will not get the point, except for the one on top of your head BUT just because YOU don't see anything wrong with mascot names does not mean it is still not wrong.
If the original intent was to honor Indians, way, way back at some point in time that intent has been lost to most people.
How can it truly be a honor if then names you use are said as a insult to us?
We know NOT everyone is like that but some words cut too deep.
How do you explain to a small Indian child that being called a "filthy savage" was ment to be a honor?
You are way out of line, and way off track with your argument. I dare you to present even one situation where a school district is using it's indian based name as a way to call Native American's filthy savages.

That's completely ridiculous! Menomonee Falls and Mukwonago are not being offensive having their mascot be the indians.

I'm an African-American, and I'd be honored to have a school district name their mascot after an African tribe. That means they are inspired by the image and honor the name of that particular tribe brings to thought. I'd love it.

Please get rid of the dumb argument you read in the paper in favor of it, because it's a bogus argument.
call me crazy

Spokane, WA

#15 Apr 14, 2010
I didn't read your paper, that has been my opinion for a long time.
Exactly which tribe are you???
I know which tribe I am.
I have had to explain to my kids and grandkids about being called a savage, dirty Indian, filthy squaw, prairie n***er. I have been called all there at one time or another in my life. It hurts even more to hear someone say it to them.
You would have thought in the 21st century some people would be more intelligent.
Were your people being "honored" by shows done in black face? Isn't imitation the sincerest form of flattery?
Mil-town boy

Chicago, IL

#16 Apr 14, 2010
Apples and Oranges jerk. Still I'm asking what about the Menomonee Falls Indians.

You are penalizing entire school districts and communities for being called racial slurs. Being called any racial slur and school mascots have absolutely nothing to do with each other. Yeah I'm gonna call you crazy buddy. Everybody has to put up with intolerance and racism. It's an unfortunate part of being a minority in America.

If you can find even just one school mascot that is as offensive as black face, you can change my mind on this. I bet you won't, because the laws that are already in place have taken care of the mascots that actually are offensive. Example the Red Raiders were just changed to the Raiders.
Mil-town boy

Chicago, IL

#17 Apr 14, 2010
Awww snaps I just heard of a school that should really be offensive to Native Americans. Custer High School.

The guy built his reputation based off of killing Native Americans.

But oh no, it's not an indian based mascot so I guess they actually get to stay! That's how dumb this new law is. Doesn't even take care of the mascots that can be taken as offensive. ugh...
matt king

Pulborough, UK

#18 Apr 19, 2010
it is about time that wasicu high schools drop the use of native
american style mascots, eg washington redskins, as it is out and
out prejudice being aimed at native americans.
it may appear comical and even naive to american sports fans, but
they would not like it if native american kids used derogatory
names aimed at mainstream society in their sports, like washington
palefaces !!!
Badgerfan4ever

Germantown, WI

#19 Apr 19, 2010
Did anyone bother to ask and Native American Indians their opinion on this? Florida State has the Seminole Warrior which has a proud tradition and the Seminoles back this mascot choice.

Next we will be not having ethinic festivals due to possible prejudice.
Dont get it

Sussex, WI

#20 Apr 20, 2010
I dont understand the big deal.Why now all of the sudden is it offensive to them.It should be a honor to have your name/tribe etc used in a school. so tell me again how a indian name like warriors / Indians is derogatory??

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