Mascots inspiring, not racially offensive


In reflecting on the article "Native American speaks on racism in team mascots" (Nov. 16), I began to wonder if I should be offended by the portrayal of my ancestors as vertically-challenged, nicotine-addicted, bad-tempered people looking for an excuse to fight. I am, of course, referring to the "Fighting Irish of Notre Dame."

As I thought about it, I realized that team mascots are chosen as a symbol of courage and spirit. They are intended to inspire the team, not degrade the people the team represents. Maybe we should spend more time trying to change and improve the lives of the world's children than trying to change the mascots of sports teams.

P.A. Voogd

Systems and Industrial Engineering Junior

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