Change the mascot for Port Huron High School

Change the mascot for Port Huron High School

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Jordan Moncrief started this petition to Port Huron Board of Education

Growing up in Port Huron was a wonderful experience. I met lifelong friends, I learned how to drive, how to swim, and I even met my future wife in Port Huron. As a child I attended Michigamme elementary school, then Chippewa Middle School, and finally I became a "big red" when I attended and graduated from Port Huron High School. I love my hometown and I love my high school, that is why I believe it is time for Port Huron High School to change its mascot from an Indian Chief to something that is not offensive to our Native American citizens.


We are living in a time where we have more access to information and knowledge than any generation before us, so how is it that we fail to see the prejudice that is the current PHHS mascot? Even the nickname for a PHHS student is a racial slur. (big red) The slogan for the school is, "Once a big red, always a big red." It's casual, systemic racism like this that permeates our society and affects our worldview without us ever really knowing.  

Mostly because, in the case of Port Huron’s citizens, we aren’t the ones hurting. Port Huron has a Native American population of approximately 0.19% Which, according to recent census data, is equal to about 54 people. So, while there aren’t that many Native Americans in our town, our country is filled with them, and the overwhelming majority are saying that mascots like the one PHHS has, are offensive. You can and should read more about the damage these mascots cause by reading the following statement from the National Congress of American Indians at the following link. http://www.ncai.org/proudtobe


Here is a small excerpt from the National Congress of American Indians stance on Native American mascots.


 “The intolerance and harm promoted by these “Indian” sports mascots, logos, or symbols, have very real consequences for Native people. Specifically, rather than honoring Native peoples, these caricatures and stereotypes are harmful, perpetuate negative stereotypes of America’s first peoples, and contribute to a disregard for the personhood of Native peoples.”

  

This issue is not one that will go away on its own. The school does not want to change the mascot as it would be a huge undertaking and, to their point, the community doesn't seem offended by it at all. This is where you come in. If you're a PHHS alumnus or just someone who wants to see the end of Native Americans being used as mascots, then please, sign this petition.


To those of you who believe that this is a non-issue and that changing the mascot would only cause the school to spend money on a problem that isn't worth it, let me attempt to assuage your displeasure.

The following is from a Times Herald article written in 2017 by Anya Rath. In it, Anya explains how PHHS could effectively change the mascot of the school at virtually no cost to them.  


"On Dec. 12, the federal government approved an amendment to the tribal gaming compact between Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi and the state of Michigan. Tribal gaming compacts are written agreements that put rules around casino gambling and provide for revenue sharing payments from the tribes to the state. The change allows for the allocation of $500,000 of state revenue sharing payments to the newly created Michigan Native American Heritage Fund. The fund, which will be managed by a board of state and tribal representatives, will be used to award money to local governments, private and public schools, colleges and universities to promote positive relationships with Michigan's Indian tribes and Native Americans. Some of the projects this fund could help cover include the cost of replacing or revising mascots or imagery that could be considered offensive to Native Americans."


If we as a community really want to honor and lift the Native American people, then we owe it to them to do away with these offensive depictions of their culture. We can make this happen, but we must stand united and not take no for an answer. So, if you want to stand on the right side of history and start a new chapter for Port Huron High School, sign this petition and demand that Port Huron High School retire their offensive mascot.

 

 

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