People are not mascots
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.