I am pleased that the plan to paint “an American Indian” on the Syosset High School parking lot was defeated [“Plan to paint mascot in school lot scrapped,” News, Nov. 8]. Congratulations, in particular, to the students who argued against it.
When I taught my elective course, American Indian studies, at Syosset High School, the topic of Indian-based names, mascots and logos always brought about a spirited class discussion.
Yes, some Indian groups have no problem with these names, but many Indians and non-Indians see them as wrong. Some colleges and high schools have changed their mascots. For example, the St. John’s Redmen are now the Red Storm.
Do these names honor a people with a rich and varied culture, or disrespect a people who suffered one of the most significant injustices in American history?
Chet Lukaszewski, Huntington
Editor’s note: The writer is a retired Syosset High School social studies teacher.