The school board agreed last month to change the high school mascot from a name and symbol that is disrespectful to Native American culture.
I understand that some community members cling to the Raider name as their identity from past high school days. Changing the name does not take away anyone’s accomplishments.
Leaders aren’t eager to address dueling petitions on whether to replace the longtime moniker once attached to a “Pride of the South” Confederate mascot.
The Raiders and arrowhead mascots signal to our Indigenous colleagues and neighbors that we don’t mind reducing them to a relic, a kitschy logo, a stereotype that has been used to justify violence against them.
The blending of color in my family has opened me in many ways.