OK. So a school board member said the matter warrants further
investigation. She was also quoted in this paper as having said that the
issue is "deeper than just a name." What does that mean?
School officials have reacted as if the request from the civil rights
group for respect of Native Americans was never made. It's as if the era
of civil rights for all Americans never happened, as if Burbank were
stuck in some convoluted time warp that skipped the progressive actions
of those Americans who realized America is a land for all, for all to be
treated with equality and dignity.
Perhaps there are a handful of people who need to be asked their
opinions on the matter. At Burroughs, four students identify themselves
as Native American-Eskimo American.
How do they feel about the Indian? Do they find the Indian outfitted
in an ornate headdress an honor or an affront? And if these students, as
well as other members of the student body, find the mascot offensive,
what's the big deal about changing a name?
It's an absolute embarrassment for this city to continue to trivialize
the religion and heritage of one group of people just because it's been a
tradition. It's disrespectful and insensitive.
Changing a mascot does not change the intrinsic makeup of the hallowed
halls of Burroughs.
Let's change it. Let's change it now.