I'm writing regarding the "Indian" mascot at Napa High School. I believe it is the perfect time to change it. (I love the idea of the teams becoming the "Napa High School Rebobs.")
This is exactly the right time to stop using an outdated, racist term that is loaded with negative connotations. The fact that Napa High's football team is embroiled in a very repugnant hazing situation-- involving assault, at the very least -- is all the more reason. It seems to me that the stars have aligned and that we cannot pass up this opportunity to do what is right.
To continue to use "Indian" as the mascot, in light of the hazing scandal, sends the message that we as a community are okay with not only the use of a term that is reminiscent of tragic and unforgivable acts of genocide perpetrated against Native peoples, but also that we will turn a blind eye to this modern-day travesty: the assault of young people in the name of "sport." We just can't allow that to happen.
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All three of my children are proud Napa High School alumni. As a family, we urge you to take this difficult step. Make up proud of our school. Take this opportunity to show the world that Napa is a community that acknowledges mistakes and rectifies them, both locally and historically.