The reasons for Newberry’s name about-face are less than commendable
“Absolutely not,” were the words of Chuck Wendt, the school’s vice president for institutional advancement, when asked if Newberry finally had conceded that calling its teams Indians might be offensive or racist.
Actually, what is right for the student-athletes is for the board of trustees to show some integrity and strong leadership skills. The board should recognize that using arrowheads in logos, celebrating with “war chants” and calling its teams Indians is no way to honor Native Americans.
So Newberry celebrated Indians' bravery by crying "Fear the spear!" It celebrated their tenacity with "war chant" ringtones. And how did it celebrate their nobility...by waving scalps? Maybe some mock rapes to celebrate their respect for women?
I could go on.
How pathetic are these rationalizations for the perpetuation of racist and stereotypical imagery? Very. It amazes me that stupid schools like Newberry keep claiming that savage spearchucking is a sign of respect and honor, but they do.