I ran some sports teams through my head: Pirates, Blue Devils, Chiefs, Celtics, Vikings, Braves, Irish, Indians, Cowboys, Padres, Saints, Angels, and on and on. I found none I would consider "culturally" relevant. They were just names.
If someone or some group is offended by the name of a sports team, of course we should be sensitive. We should be sensitive to everything.
Mascots have no ability to be sensitive or insensitive. People do.
If PETA folks are offended by the Bulldogs, Huskies, Cougars, or ... Lions and Tigers and Bears (oh my.) I suppose we should be sensitive to that as well. But not enough to change the names.
I noticed a while ago that a local school changed from the Chiefs to the Eagles. I don't know when or why. It's still Chief Joseph school.
Certain logos and fan behavior do occasionally offend me. Not a big deal.
I would be honored if someone used me or mine as a mascot, (unless they were always losing,)
I guess maybe I'll get it when I read some other opinions on this page.
-- FRED FLEMING, Richland