Keep the Shelter Island School Mascot (Indians)

Keep the Shelter Island School Mascot (Indians)

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I believe that the Shelter Island School mascot is not racist, but far from it. If you have an issue with the name “Indians” that is understandable, however the mascot should still remain as a Native American. By having an image of a Native American represent our school and its sports teams depicts a sense of strength. I view the Native Americans as a group of strong people. The Native Americans endured truly horrible things at the hands of the British Colonist as well as by the American people. All the horrors that they endured is a testimony to their strength as a people. By having an image of a Native American represent our school I believe we are honoring the Native Americans. Letting their fighting spirit reflect our own. That image painted on the gym floor is not an inaccurate racial stereotype. It is a symbol of strength and perseverance. 
As quoted in an episode of Missing Chapter, on the Shinnecock Indian Nation Facebook page, “The United States has a long history of trying to eradicate Native Americans.” Let’s speak with the people of the Shinnecock Indian Nation and get their feedback on how best to continue to honor them.