By Jackie Johnson
Doyle had recently said, “I think Native American people legitimately have a beef, at times, with what mascots are and how they’re depicted.” But Doyle was quick to add that not all mascots are discriminatory, although some do perpetuate Indian stereotypes.
Doyle says if it’s used with pride, a local tribe agrees with its use, and it has educational value, then let it be.
But there's this:
Gov. Doyle Signs Native American Mascot Bill
If the superintendent holds a hearing and finds the use promotes discrimination or stereotyping, he or she must order the school board to drop its use within a year. Districts could get extensions up to another year if they can show compliance would create a financial burden.
You can bet mascot supporters won't "get over it," as they're always telling mascot foes to do. Instead, the crybabies will call for local votes, file lawsuits and appeals, and otherwise stall the process. Anything to keep their pet
For more on the subject, see and Team Names and Mascots.