Peo­ple are not mas­cots

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OPINION -

Dear Editor: Re “LET­TER: On­te­ora school trus­tees should re­sign over In­dian sym­bol is­sue,” by Doug Eigh­mey, Oct. 13, 2016: The writer, ref­er­enc­ing the Seneca and an­other tribe in Wis­con­sin, says, “... the In­di­ans had noth­ing to do with the board’s de­ci­sion to take away our mas­cot.”

It’s sad, as well as ridicu­lous, that any liv­ing per­son con­tin­ues to re­fer to Na­tive Amer­i­cans as a “mas­cot.” I know that Doug is not alone with this be­lief, and that is, to me, dis­gust­ing. How about choos­ing a black per­son or an Aleut or a Jew as a mas­cot?

Doug’s let­ter is an ex­am­ple of un­know­ing and un­car­ing racism, an ex­am­ple of those folks who want to keep their “toys,” no mat­ter how our world pro­gresses.

Jay Wenk, Wood­stock Editor’s note: Wenk is a Wood­stock town coun­cil­man.

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