A well know line from Forest Gump and very adequately describes the latest idiocy to come out of our neighbors to the south, Oregon’s Board of Education.
Oregon is well known for trying to out-liberal even the most liberal areas of the country, but the Board of Education really showed some ignorance and in my mind, stupidity today.
At issue is Oregon bans Native American mascots in schools!
“The Oregon Board of Education has voted to require Oregon schools to retire their Native American mascots within five years or risk losing state funding.”Another report from KTVZ states,
“The vote Thursday gives Oregon some of the nation's toughest restrictions on American Indian nicknames, mascots and logos.”
“Oregon’s ban prohibits using a name, symbol, or image that depicts or refers to an American Indian Tribe, individual, custom, or tradition that is used by a public school as a mascot, nickname, logo, letterhead, or team name.”Maybe I could agree with “Savages,” but who ever thought choosing a mascot name, done to honor by the way, who be deemed offensive?
“Prohibited names include, “Redskins,” “Savages,” “Indians,” “Indianettes,” “Chiefs,” “Chieftains,” and “Braves.” Schools may continue to use the name “Warriors” as long as it is not combined with a symbol or image that depicts or refers to an American Indian Tribe, individual, custom, or tradition.”
If they are so politically correct now to demand Indian names be removed from schools, what will they do about Clackamas County, named after the Clackamas Indians?
Will they rename the Klamath River, named after the Klamath Indian Tribe?
Look around Portland and I imagine you will find streets named after Indians as well. Were those named such to be disrespectful? No, they chose those names to honor, not demean.
Multnomah County is named after the Multnomah Indian Tribe as well. No one seems to feel that is disrespectful.
Not mentioned in the articles I’ve seen is the 8 Oregon Schools that will be required to change their name away from that associated with Indians within 5 years or lose state funding.
Maybe if they stayed the same and refused the state funding and just became schools again, kids could get a better education without the constant haranguing of leftist do-gooders with nothing better to do with their time but find ways to be offended.
Beam me up, Scotty, before the Washington State Board of Education decides to follow suit.