Del Tackett

by Del Tackett


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Mascot Self-Righteous Cancelling Nonsense

I married a direct descendent of Chief Fields. He led the Cherokee delegation to Washington in 1866. I grew up not far from the Fort Hall Indian Reservation in Idaho and had many friends that were from tribes such as the Navajo and Shoshone-Bannock. I am familiar with the difficult circumstances of the American Native Indian and think it remains a major blemish on the American record.

However, I read with distaste an article yesterday by ML Cavanaugh in the Colorado Springs paper concerning one of our local high schools which has been under intense pressure from Woke-Think to change its mascot. They are caving and it is scheduled to be removed this fall. 

They are the “Indians” which Cavanaugh says is both “disgusting” and “wretched”. He applauds its cancellation because he states it is racist “name-calling”.

This is pure and utter nonsense. 

No school or sports organization selects a mascot that they seek to belittle or make fun of. No one wants to be the Colorado Maggots or the Arizona Vomit. They select a mascot that is to be celebrated, held in awe, fearsome. My high school mascot was the Broncos, shown rearing and snorting. My college mascot was the War Eagle. Notre Dame isn’t making fun of the Irish nor is Minnesota making fun of the Vikings or anyone of Scandinavian descent. 

There is a famous statue in Kansas City called “The Scout” depicting a Sioux Indian on horseback surveying the horizon. It was originally exhibited in California and was on its way east when it was temporarily displayed in Kansas City. It became so popular there that a kid’s campaign to purchase it raised $15,000 in nickels and dimes. It was then permanently placed overlooking the city as a memorial to the local Indian tribes . The city’s hockey team was thus named the Kansas City Scouts and it is the underlying reason why their football team is the Kansas City Chiefs.

It seems to me, rather than fall into the current Cancel Culture frenzy, our local high school should do something quite epic. What if they were to celebrate their mascot and start a tradition of helping American Native Indians? What if they were to become a school that led the nation in understanding the real plight of the Navajo or the Shoshone-Bannock? What if they were to select a reservation and Juniors and Seniors were sent there on field trips to learn more about their heritage and find ways to be of true help instead of the debilitating way we treat them now? What if their high school became known as the “go to” place for starting similar efforts in other schools who similarly proudly uphold the emblem of America’s great early people groups?

What if they took the better road rather than blindly going along with nonsensical “self-righteous” mania?

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  • Wesley Brice

    Wesley Brice

    Thank you - it is true the American Indians were treated badly but removing them from the history of our nation I believe with you is indeed a continuing insult of them
  • Donald Clairmont

    Donald Clairmont

    I'm originally from northern Michigan (presently living in the north central mountains of Colorado). We have a lot of Native Americans up-north in Michigan. My paternal grandparents have relations that are Native American - some speak their native tongue from Algonquin descent. Thanks Del.
  • Coburn Ingram

    Coburn Ingram

    Del, I feel like your recent posts have been negative. We do not fight the world on their ground. "Who is the one who is given victory over this world? It is the one who trusts Jesus as God's son. (1 John 5:5 translated)" Here is a shocker, coming from a recovering Marxist: When you attempt to fix people on the criteria of how they are wrong (like you do here) instead of on the criteria of how Jesus is right, you are just parroting what Karl Marx said. "The time has come for a ruthless critique of everything existing." How about some insight? How about some stores of common everyday love? How about we do like my boss used to say, "Keep your nose to the grindstone, and stay out of the devil's way"?
  • Robin Martin

    Robin Martin

    Thank you. You said it so succinctly. For weary minds it is so refreshing to read your comments.
  • Elaine Grenon

    Elaine Grenon

    Thank you Del for sharing you insight on various topic's of the day. I found this article to be encouraging. The Lord has given us the opportunity to have freedom of speech. The four freedoms are being attacked: Freedom of speech; Freedom of Worship; Freedom from fear, and Freedom from want. President Roosevelt gave his speech on the four freedoms just prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor. We all, as Americans, have the right to claim these freedoms. The cancel culture frenzy is taking away our freedom of speech.
  • Janice Mauroschadt

    Janice Mauroschadt

    It's because they're caught in what CS Lewis calls "the stream" (chart. 1 of Screwtape Letters). They're caught up in the flow of propaganda that is consistent with irrationality and thoughtlessness. To take the high road would not fit in with their current political narrative. Sad, but true, in my estimation.

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