Our school and community has always been known as the 'Salmon Savages.' It's a rite of passage to advance from being a 'Brave' to being a Savage. We see it as something to be proud of, a symbol of our youth and our town. But, as you all know, there have been attempts to disband our namesake. The people of Salmon, especially the students, quickly shot down that notion and became fired up at the audacity to even propose an idea such as that. Although, others understood and took a shaky side; that our mascot is offensive to the Native Americans. I certainly wouldn't want a slanged version of our race paraded around, but yet I couldn't really know how it would affect me because it isn't the other way around. Plus, if a new school today were to suggest naming their mascot the 'Wild Natives' it would be shot down immediately, would it not? But what about the schools and colleges that have literally filled the spot of that 'offensive' role for years?
The mascot is something we look up to. We strive to be 'Savage' material, right? And surely if other big shot cities get to keep their titles (Such as San Diego State; the Aztec Warrior), then why should we be any different? Or would it be best to change, because of that very reason? It's not just Native American mascots that are targeted and called racist. Below is a link of other 'Racist College Mascots Left in the U.S.'
So, what would be best? Should mascots that could be viewed as offensive and racist be replaced? Or should they keep their place regardless?