Daily Archives: July 19, 2020

Sunday Blog: The ‘Redskin’ name will go… It was time

Commentary by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — I remember waaaaaay back when I was a young strapping news reporter ready to change the world for the Grove (Okla.) Sun.

One of my first assignments was to interview local Native Americans about this new controversy concerning Indian mascots and whether or not it offended them. I think the Atlanta Braves had just made the World Series or something and suddenly people were having a cow over it.

I remember I couldn’t find any Native Americans in the area who were offended by the Braves, or the Indians, or the Redskins. Some were a bit perplexed when I called. This was still rather a new topic of discussion and they hadn’t been keeping up with the news. Others were rather adamant that it was horse manure and typical white men trying to tell the Indians how to think.

Only one woman said she could understand someone being offended, but the American Indian had bigger fish to fry.

So from that point forward, when it came to American Indian mascots, I figured then, if it didn’t matter to them, it didn’t matter to me.

That was 30 years ago. 

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