Indian nickname: Mukwonago High Schoo...

Indian nickname: Mukwonago High School fights to keep its indian ni...

There are 52 comments on the Fox6 story from Aug 20, 2010, titled Indian nickname: Mukwonago High School fights to keep its indian ni.... In it, Fox6 reports that:

Mukwonago School District will argue next week for permission to keep its nickname, the Indians.

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Louise Mae Michaels

Milwaukee, WI

#1 Aug 20, 2010
I think that choosing an Indian mascot is showing respect and praise to the American Indians and their culture. It's especially appropriate,as "Mukwonago" is an Indian word. What's next? Are we to rename all of our cities and towns that have Indian names?
I think we have some overly sensitive people here, or... someone is just trying to stir things up.
tocsic

Slinger, WI

#3 Aug 20, 2010
Frikkin political correctness has gotten out of hand. There is NOTHING about Mukwonago's use of this mascot that is remotely racist or detrimental to the dignity of Native Americans. Now, if Native Americans are taking issue with this because they feel the attributes of bravery, strength, honor, or any of a hundred other positive qualities don't pertain to them, who are we to argue with that?
Mukwonago Indian

De Forest, WI

#4 Aug 20, 2010
I graduated from Mukwonago High School this year along with the one person who opposes the logo, and I could say plenty about this kid. He claims that being PART native american in the school made other students single him out. That however isn't the case. I'm going to be as nice as I can in saying that he singled himself out. I'm sure all people can look back at their high school career and remember the kid that people weren't friends with, but everyone knows who he is. He was the person that would break dress code and the Administrators would let it go because of who he was. I, for one, got a detention because my nipple was showing on our senior toga day and when I fixed it in a way differently then he wanted, I was insubordinate. The point is that this guy was not singled out because of his heritage. If he would have never told anyone about it, nobody would ever have known by his looks that he had native american in him. So I just want everyone to know that from the perspective of a fellow student, this is all for the publicity. The same goes for the combat boots, bandanna, and biker vest. If someone can find a person that is 100%, or close to, native american and goes to or has gone to the school who thinks the name or mascot is offensive, then maybe they should think about changing it. I personally know absolutely nobody who thinks so. Not white, not African American, not Hispanic, or Native American. Politically correctness is going way too far and has to be stopped.
jakegrafton

Milwaukee, WI

#5 Aug 20, 2010
This kid is the whole problem with this country. Everyone is sooooo worried about offending everyone else. Time for him to put on his
"big boy" pants and grow up. If he says he's offended, I say BIG DEAL, get used to being offended. Life is tough. And its going to get alot tougher.
tocsic

Slinger, WI

#6 Aug 20, 2010
Sounds as if this guys biggest problem is himself. We have people in positions of authority who take these opportunities and make everyone bend to the will of a minority as though it's going to make life easier for them, when in fact it just makes people angrier.
Curmudgeon at Large

Westmont, IL

#7 Aug 21, 2010
Perhaps if we hadn't wiped out Indians in the 19th century and forced the rest to live on reservations, we could take having an Indian mascot as a sign of "respect" a little more seriously. It's never a good idea to have an ethnic group as a mascot -- it's inherently demeaning -- an I very much include Notre Dame's "Fighting Irish" in that category.
Hannah

Wisconsin Dells, WI

#8 Aug 21, 2010
Are we also forgetting the Kansas City Chiefs, the Washington Redskins, and the Cleveland Indians? Why aren't they forced to change their names? Why are they only pursuing schools that have those types of names?
Its time

Sussex, WI

#9 Aug 21, 2010
Curmudgeon at Large wrote:
Perhaps if we hadn't wiped out Indians in the 19th century and forced the rest to live on reservations, we could take having an Indian mascot as a sign of "respect" a little more seriously. It's never a good idea to have an ethnic group as a mascot -- it's inherently demeaning -- an I very much include Notre Dame's "Fighting Irish" in that category.
Perhaps if we all moved on and stop complaining about things that happened before most of us were even born, we could all be happy
Jeff

Burlington, WI

#10 Aug 21, 2010
I graduated from Mukwonago also, and I still have relatives attending the school district, and think this is rediculus. This law is too! ONE person should not be able to change the identity of a school and community, he's just doing it for the attention he's getting. Those of us who attended Mukwonago relate back to the inian mascot and I for one would not be able to relate to a new one, it would not include me anymore! That is unless they changed it to the Mukwonago Whitemen, because you know you can't offend us!
OC Steve

Milwaukee, WI

#11 Aug 21, 2010
Oak Creek has a figure in armor...with a shield and sword...maybe this offends someone too...I'm offended by the former student (who was probably a student there for 4 years) being offended.

Maybe the state school system ought to check into his transcripts and see if he passed his "common sense" class because he is surely an idiot.
RPB

Milwaukee, WI

#12 Aug 21, 2010
Give me a break, this is ridiculous! It's unbelievable the thin skin of some people these days. I didn't go to Mukwonago HS nor do i live there now, but anyone can see this is just plain nonsense! I hope the citizens of Mukwonago fight this tooth and nail!
I have sense

Milwaukee, WI

#13 Aug 21, 2010
I also go to MHS and I believe the mascot is wrong. I applaud rain in his efforts. This country needs to do away with race-based mascots. Also he is native American! He is enrolled in the Shawnee tribe for all that think he is white. But it doesn't matter because I know of white people who also find this to be wrong. This opinion is not exclusive to native Americans. Mukwonago needs to stop being a bunch of insensible idiots and accept that the mascot is wrong. I truly hope that my senior year is filled with the joys of seeing the mascot's end.
Advocate

Lake Geneva, WI

#14 Aug 21, 2010
Honestly Rain is an attention-whore and his only intention for changing the mascot was to be known, and even though most people dislike him with great intensity he still got the attention he wanted. He's a child, he's a 5 year-old little girl who needs everyone to know "she" is there. However becuase democracts have made it "illegal" to be hurtful, and becuase our country has no backbone, nor does our State appariantly, we will end up losing the battle would be my best guess. Rain (and any other supporters for change) if you read this, I just want you to know, yes you got your five-year-old little girl attention, and congrates. However if you can't handle being "offended" at this point then you are not ready for the real world. However, having known you you never were capable of normal life. There is absolutely NOTHING offensive, NOTHING racist, NOTHING offensive about and Indian mascot. Shut the hell up and grow up dammit. Pardon my language.
this is wrong

United States

#15 Aug 21, 2010
i am a junior at mhs and will always be a mukwonago indian. rain has always been an attention whore. anybody that goes to mhs knows this kid. his real name isnt even rain. i get the fact that hes proud of his heritage and HE finds the mascot offensive but hes ONE student. mukwonago has never adjusted the entire community for one student, why should they start now? if we need to change our mascot, is the government going to give us money for paint to repaint the gym, new school merchandise, sports merchandise, etc. besides its not like we have a guy wearing a headdress and face paint running arround at sporting events. the "logo" they find discriminating isnt on any of our uniforms. its the flying M. Rain and Mike need to quit being little kids ad learn to accept that our school cant afford to change it. its just wrong that they need to ruin and tear appart an entire community
tocsic

Slinger, WI

#16 Aug 21, 2010
I have sense wrote:
I also go to MHS and I believe the mascot is wrong. I applaud rain in his efforts. This country needs to do away with race-based mascots. Also he is native American! He is enrolled in the Shawnee tribe for all that think he is white. But it doesn't matter because I know of white people who also find this to be wrong. This opinion is not exclusive to native Americans. Mukwonago needs to stop being a bunch of insensible idiots and accept that the mascot is wrong. I truly hope that my senior year is filled with the joys of seeing the mascot's end.
"This country needs to do away with race-based mascots".
Why, because a few whiny bleeding hearts say so? This country needs to do away with crybabies who think everything is insensitive to someone else. Grow the hell up.
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Mukwonago needs to stop being a bunch of insensible idiots and accept that the mascot is wrong".
Why don't YOU accept you're the idiot and stop bothering everyone else with t your stupidity?
el superbeasto

Milwaukee, WI

#17 Aug 21, 2010
very nice reporting, only get one side of an argument or truth and report only that. But what else is one to expect from a station run by those who would to seek to control who can marry and who can't based on their orenitataion or ethnicity, who can abort a pregnancy and who can't and who gets to go over to iraq or some other war torn country preaching duty and patriotism to the masses while fearing to put their own asses on the line pardon my language. A sad excuse for responsible journalism and especially in this country which has become an empty shadow of its former self wrecked with ignorance, idocy, and bigotry from these images and logos. No wonder that a large portion of the world dislikes americanized politics.
oh yea

High Point, NC

#18 Aug 22, 2010
Just so happens that our local High School`s mascot is the eagle. Are we being disrespectful to our nations symbol of strength?
I don`t think so!
olininnwoman

Oxford, WI

#19 Aug 22, 2010
What I am seeing here is that if anybody opposes the mascot they are bashed and told they are stupid, insensible idiots. There are numerous research studies out there that show Indian mascots promote stereotyping, pupil harassment and discrimination. Many Indian Nations oppose the use of Indian mascots and have been in fact trying to have these mascots removed for over 40 years! And you say you are honoring my people? Well then honor our wishes to not be used as mascots…. Please!
zsimones

Hastings, MN

#20 Aug 22, 2010
I understand the plight of some people, they truly believe that they are honoring native peoples by having one of them as a mascot. However, your meaning is irrelevant, the fact of the matter is that this type of bigotry is offensive, psychologically damaging, and it should have no place within our public schools. The idea that you can simply compare this too something like, "Well our mascot is the eagles, isn't that offensive to eagles" is something that comes up quite often and to be completely honest, those people that think things like that shouldn't be trusted with a pair of scissors let alone be able to dictate policy. You cannot compare a RACE of PEOPLE to a SPECIES of ANIMALS. I've always had the opinion that the day a group of eagles get together and held a press conference saying they don't want to be used as mascots than maybe its time to change. But that won't be happening anytime soon. If the mascot were any other racial minority there would be no argument, people would see it as offensive. What if instead of the Indian you had the Mukwanago Black Sambos? People wouldn't stand for it, and rightfully so. You're mocking a race of people with a cartoony imagery of a sports team logo. Why than is it acceptable for people do the same with Native peoples? The fact of the matter is if you don't want to get it, you won't get it. You'll fill your head with what if's and things that have nothing to do with the issue. Do you people honestly think that the arguements your bringing up isn't things we've heard before? Of course not, and every argument of the opposition can be defeated with rational thought. But like I said, for the longest time the people that get coloring books for christmas have been the ones dictating policy. Luckily not anymore
Jerome

Sussex, WI

#21 Aug 22, 2010
zsimones wrote:
I understand the plight of some people, they truly believe that they are honoring native peoples by having one of them as a mascot. However, your meaning is irrelevant, the fact of the matter is that this type of bigotry is offensive, psychologically damaging, and it should have no place within our public schools. The idea that you can simply compare this too something like, "Well our mascot is the eagles, isn't that offensive to eagles" is something that comes up quite often and to be completely honest, those people that think things like that shouldn't be trusted with a pair of scissors let alone be able to dictate policy. You cannot compare a RACE of PEOPLE to a SPECIES of ANIMALS. I've always had the opinion that the day a group of eagles get together and held a press conference saying they don't want to be used as mascots than maybe its time to change. But that won't be happening anytime soon. If the mascot were any other racial minority there would be no argument, people would see it as offensive. What if instead of the Indian you had the Mukwanago Black Sambos? People wouldn't stand for it, and rightfully so. You're mocking a race of people with a cartoony imagery of a sports team logo. Why than is it acceptable for people do the same with Native peoples? The fact of the matter is if you don't want to get it, you won't get it. You'll fill your head with what if's and things that have nothing to do with the issue. Do you people honestly think that the arguements your bringing up isn't things we've heard before? Of course not, and every argument of the opposition can be defeated with rational thought. But like I said, for the longest time the people that get coloring books for christmas have been the ones dictating policy. Luckily not anymore
ok then tell me why the Kansas city Chiefs is ok to have????. How far are these people going to take it? Its pathetic and old, move on from being offended and get a life!!

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