Should team mascots be culturally sensitive? Yes! Of course! But let's get serious! Does anyone really think that school mascots are selected with the desire to mock or ridicule an individual or a particular group? Among the reasons schools sue in the selection of a mascot, you will find characteristics that emulate loyalty, pride, bravery, courage, honor and respect. You will not find the schools looking for some group or individual they would like to debase, demean, or deride.
If a school should be using its mascot in a demeaning manner, then it should be asked to discontinue. However, to honor a great individual or group should not be viewed as insensitivity.
-- WILLIAM FRANK, Kennewick