Regarding the Oct. 6 front-page article “Obama: ‘I’d think about changing’ Redskins name”:
I am from Wisconsin, but I went to high school in Richmond. Our mascot was the Rebel, and our school song was “Dixie.” Growing up in a more naive time (I graduated in 1964), I was unaware of how politically incorrect we were. I was even called “Yankee” by my classmates.
When I went to college at William and Mary, our mascot was the Indian, and we were (and still are) proudly called the Tribe. Because of political pressure, the school changed the mascot to the Griffin, a ridiculous, imaginary creature. I would rather be called the Fairies, Elves, Ogres or Hobbits.
I wish that Native Americans would recognize the honor of having a sports team named after them. Teams choose Native Americans as mascots and role models because people admire these people. We view them as strong and courageous with many other positive qualities, not as negative stereotypes (although, admittedly, “Redskins” is on the edge). Sorry, Maryland, but who wants a turtle for a mascot?
As a white woman, I cannot walk a mile in the shoes of Native Americans, but I admire their way of life and religion more than those of most groups I see today.
Society is fraught with division. There are more important issues for us to tackle.
Linell Broecker, Arlington