The students who publish the Playwickian newspaper at Neshaminy High School in Langhorne, Pennsylvania have taken a brave stance over the image and mascot of the high school. The newspaper is named after a local Native American Tribe that once camped on the Neshaminy Creek. In that spirit the paper is calling for the end of the use of the term, “Redskin”, for the school and sports teams. The school counters that it is steeped in a winning tradition and part of that tradition is the name of its sports team. A similar battle rages on in Washington, D.C. over the name of the NFL team in our nation’s capital. The term is as offensive as any slur lobbed at Americans whose roots are European, African, Asian, Latino, or any other ethnic group battered by racism. Truth be told, small minorities in every ethnic group routinely use slurs to refer to others, one only needs to listen to lyrics in music to observe how accepted they are. It is time for all of this to end in all mediums.
According to news reports, the reaction to the non-use of this racial slur by the Playwickian in the progressive bastion that is Neshaminy is for the principal to run the hallways seizing copies of the latest edition of the newspaper. An elitist response, racism defined and enforced.
I write this as an alumni of Neshaminy High School, a graduate of the class of ’75. At that time Neshaminy was a liberal high school with open space education, environmental causes and social causes yet we tolerated the name. I am embarrassed that we did nothing. I am proud of the students at Neshaminy and the stance they have taken. Winning should not be the only tradition at Neshaminy. Standing up against racism far outweighs any team sports program or image. It is time for the school board to honor Native Americans as they claim and dump the offensive name.
At the Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tag/neshaminy-redskins/
At Levittown Now http://levittownnow.com/tag/neshaminy-redskins/