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Old 07-21-2013, 05:56 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by Doll View Post
I'm finding myself being faced with the issue of sports teams using Indians for a mascot head on.

Yesterday my husband and I went a local italian submarine sandwich shop in our neighbourhood that we had heard about for years and had never managed to check out. (Excellent eats by the way.)

While we were there waiting for our food, I looked around at all the photos they had on the wall. They had celebrity headshots and group photos of sports teams they had sponsored everywhere.

I notice something peculiar that I had never seen before. The second my eyes landed on an old photo of a football team, I was filled with dread. There on the wall, was the name of our local high school - the one my daughter will/would have been attending - Hart High Indians.

The photo was from the 80's, so I immediately started scanning the room and praying with all of my might that I would find a more recent photo of the team with a name like "Wild Cats" instead.

But as I looked around the room, I couldn't see the name of the team on any of the recent photos. But the colours were the same. I wasn't hopeful.

The minute I got home, I googled. And there it was. "Hart High Indians" on the school website. Along with several google results about how many times people had fought, petitioned and begged for them to change it, to no avail.

From what I have gathered, they seem to think it's ok to use a race of people as a mascot as long as they "portray the Indian respectfully".

They just. don't. get it.

I love my neighbourhood. It's an awesome neighbourhood. I can walk to almost everything I need, it's right on the two bus lines that go almost everywhere I need to go, and it's very family friendly, very low crime, reasonable commute for my husband. We had planned to eventually buy a home in this neighbourhood and stay here until our kids were grown, maybe even for the rest of our lives.

I'm originally from Ontario, Canada, and we've moved around a lot before settling here. For a long time we didn't have a "home". This neighbourhood to me felt like a place I could call home, finally.

And now, unless by some stroke of miracle they change it (doubtful considering the number of times they have ignored being petitioned to do so) I have to move. My daughter attending this school is NOT an option. I will NOT have her attending a school where her heritage is mocked in this way.

I'm pissed. Very, very pissed. I can't believe in this day in age that this crap still exists. It's bad enough that we still have pro sports teams using the names and symbols. But schools? Really, how much of an impact would it be to change it? It's not like they're a nationally recognized symbol. Not that that is a reason to keep the names either, but really, it's a high school team. It would not be a huge deal to change it.

I'm so upset :( I don't want to move. I LIKE where I live. And I feel forced to do so to avoid racism. That really, really sucks.
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Oh I fully plan on stating my opinion and doing what I can to join the effort to get them to change it - and while I'm pissed right now (the first day discovering this), rage just isn't my style. But do I feel confident that they will change it within the 7 years before my daughter attends there? Confident enough to buy a home within the district? Not at all.

Do I want to take the risk that my daughter could be attending a high school that plays something like this at their rallies?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BUyUjKI73o

If this is their idea of a respectful portrayal, I don't want my daughter to have anything to do with it.

Mostly, I'm just very, very disappointed. For the most part I have found the people who live here to be very respectful, accepting and loving toward native people (without crossing the line into wanna-be territory much). There's even a (ok, somewhat fishbowl, but nonetheless) powwow here in town that has been running over 20 years. I'm just so disappointed to find out this has been right under my nose all this time and I don't want our family to have anything to do with it.

Maybe I'm reacting stronger to this because I'm not as used to it - this kind of thing is much less common in Canada where I grew up. It still exists there sometimes but on a much smaller scale.
First...Hart High School is in Newhall, Ca, NOT Santa Clarita Valley. There. Now I feel better. lol

One of your options is to move to the west a couple of miles to the west and attend Canyon High School. Then, your school mascot will be the 'Cowboys'. I'm not sure how you will do in your fight against the mascot name of HHS. With a Native American population rate of probably 0.000001% in the Newhall area, you have an uphill battle.

Good luck in your endeavors.



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Originally Posted by wanjica_the_one View Post
Hart High School will never change their mascot. You should just concentrate on your daughter getting a education from a good school. Hart has a good reputation from a good area. All I say is "cowboy up" or move to Compton where their mascot is a tarbabe.
Dang, that's a messed up mascot! A baby in a diaper with a big sword???? And the percentage of race enrollment is 2/3 hispanic?
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