..................He makes some good points, but I recently heard directly from the “offendees” that it’s not such a big deal.
About a month ago, I took part in my sixth mission trip to the Navajo Nation in northeast Arizona, a week-long youth trip through my church — Riverside Community Church — where teens and adults do work on the homes of native Americans. It includes painting, roofing, putting in floor tiles, ramps, windows and dry wall.
While there, we had a “Culture Night” in which a Navajo couple named Ranson and Lula Tom spoke to our group about history, politics, religion and other areas regarding their people.
While talking about their now-grown sons, they mentioned how they attended nearby Red Mesa High School in Teec Nos Pos, Ariz. That’s when I raised my hand. Two days earlier, we drove past Red Mesa High School, which proudly showed on its exterior walls that it was home of the Redskins.
I asked why a school in the Navajo nation, made up of Native Americans, would call itself the Redskins if the word has such a negative connotation.
Ranson didn’t have an answer. “I kind of like it,” he said. He looked at it as a positive; an honor to the Indians.
Lula wasn’t offended either. She thought maybe, like in some other cultures and races, it was OK for them to use the phrase, but not for outsiders. She was basically likening it to the N-word, that gets thrown around by black rappers and black comedians.
But that’s not the same thing. I don’t know of any high school with the N-word as a team mascot.
I did a little more research when I got back and found out one of the teams in Red Mesa’s conference is Tuba City High School, which is known as the Warriors — the same nickname Marquette University was forced to drop because it was offensive.
Again, I still don’t know where I stand on this issue, But it is an interesting perspective to hear directly from the people who are supposedly being denigrated.
And one last thing ...
When people tell you that desert heat isn’t so bad because it’s a dry heat, kick ‘em in the shins. Hot is hot. The only difference is you’re baking instead of boiling..............