From time time I read of the controversy surrounding the use of Native American nicknames and mascots, most notably our own Marysville Pilchuck Tomahawks, but also the Washington Redskins, Cleveland Indians, Atlanta Braves, Florida Sate Seminoles and others. Stanford changed its nickname from the Indians to the Cardinal, I assume to be more politically correct. Certain civil rights organizations, scholars and Native American groups, and others, consider the use of such nicknames to be racial epithets and, as such, perpetuating demeaning stereotypes. On the other hand, the vast majority of fans — 89 percent in one recent poll — is of the opinion the names should remain in place.
Former Washington Redskins owner Jack Cook once said “I admire the Redskins name. I think it stands for bravery, courage and stalwart spirit, and I see no reason why we shouldn’t continue to use it.” I tend to agree with this sentiment. While we as free Americans are entitled to our own individual opinions, I don’t view this as an important issue. As for myself I plan to continue cheering for the Tomahawks just as I do for the Cougars, Huskies and Seahawks. I deem the national debt, global warming, what’s happening in North Korea and Iran, the Afghanistan War and the starving children in Syria to be much more serious problems. What’s in a name anyway? I see much ado about nothing.