Perhaps we should consider switching to the Napa High Artichokes because we all have heart.
Regardless of the pride we feel, belief that we are honoring our history, and continuing Napa tradition, using a community of persons as a mascot is dehumanizing; particularly a group with the historical context of systemic genocide.
I have to believe that using an empathetic lens, we are capable of releasing what is offensive and oppressive to others. This debate mustn’t be about how it makes us feel but listening to those who hurt. A dialogue of this nature will require empathy and most of all, heart.
Go, Napa High Artichokes!