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Tewksbury’s Redmen Mascot Is Racist According To Local White Women With Too Much Time On Their Hands

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Tewksbury High School is in the news because evidently the mascot – the Redmen – is offensive and it must be changed. Thus the school held a huge public meeting to debate whether or not it should be changed last night. No actual Native Americans took offense to this. Per usual it was just a bunch of short haired women with hyphenated last names, making a mountain out of hole hill. You didn’t even have to look at the caption to know which side of the line these Marcy Darcy’s fell on:

Those lined up to speak in favor of changing the Redmen moniker line up behind Nicole Burgett-Yandow, as she makes her case for doing so at WednesdayÕs forum. SUN photos /JOHN LOVE

Those lined up to speak in favor of changing the Redmen moniker line up behind Nicole Burgett-Yandow, as she makes her case for doing so at WednesdayÕs forum.
SUN photos /JOHN LOVE

Those are the faces of the no fun allowed patrol. Those are the people who spend their free time looking for things to be offended by and want to force their hilarious thinking on others. Those are the people standing in front of you in line at Starbucks who order the grande mocha cappuccino with skim milk. Meanwhile, this is what everyone else looked like:

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Working class families supporting their school, their traditions, and their harmless mascot. Love the guy with his 1995 varsity jersey tucked into the blue jeans. Guarantee that guy will regale you with some stories about the time they beat Billerica back in 94.

Here’s the main reason we don’t think schools should change their mascots if they are deemed offensive – no one is actually offended. All these women in pant suits and Tracy Novick hairdos don’t actually give a shit. They’re just looking for something to be outraged about. Not once has Tewksbury ever played another high school and the other team’s fans said, “Wow, that’s pretty offensive.” Not once. Because normal people don’t super analyze everything that exists. We’re too busy trying to enjoy life.

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Not the Tewksbury PC police though. Oh no, they have to make a federal case out of this and make the whole town show up in the gymnasium. For what it’s worth the crowd overwhelmingly supports staying as the Redmen. Nevertheless, when a small, vocal, butthurt minority of suburban white women makes enough noise, people are forced to listen. Here’s what local hyphenated rabble rouser  Nicole Burgett-Yandow had to say:

“This mascot sends a subtle message of oppression and discrimination that can desensitize after years of viewing it…These images teach all children that the stereotyping of minority groups is acceptable.”

No it doesn’t. No child is going to watch a Tewksbury football game and go home and start listing off his favorite racial stereotypes. You’re literally making that up because you’re looking for something to be offended by. Everything is fine the way it is.

Here’s what a woman named Anne Seichter had to say, “The Redmen mascot “dehumanizes and objectifies Native Americans. There are many words that were once tolerated that are no longer considered appropriate to be used.”

No it doesn’t. It doesn’t “duhamize” Native Americans any more than an angry and violent Leprechaun dehumanizes all Irish people. It doesn’t dehumanize Native Americans any more than the Vancouver Canucks dehumanize all Canadian people.

Because “Redmen” is not a racial slur. When’s the last time you heard two kids say to each other, “Yo, wudup Redman?” When is the last time you heard a rap song with the lyrics, “Where my Redmen at?” 

Never. Because Redmen isn’t a racial slur like the “n” word. It’s never used to put people down of different ethnicities. It’s just a cool mascot that no one cares about unless they’re looking for a reason to upset themselves.

Some apparently considered the red shirts that students wore, “bullying.” Because in 2016, everything is bullying:

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Yup, racist kids wear red shirts to school. That’s what they do. Ann Marie here is a certified Social Justice Warrior so she can tell who is racist and who isn’t:

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You’re Italian and Native American? LOL. Nah, you’re just a white woman with too much time on her hands. After all, if “fighting racist mascots” is your mission statement on Twitter, then you’re probably a real fun person to hang out with at parties.

The bottom line is they’ll probably eventually lose this battle. Natick High School used to be called the Redmen and they were forced to change in 2012. We’ve even heard rumors that some at Tantasqua Regional High School are offended by the “Warriors” nickname. But in the meantime, good for the townsfolk for putting up a fight. This is the same town where Market Basket headquarters are located. They got rid of Artie S, now hopefully they can get rid of the short haired, hyphenated, Marcy Darcy PC patrol.

 

 

 

 

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7 Comment(s)
  • Clint Tawes
    February 1, 2016 at 6:53 am

    What a ridiculous argument. It’s like defending slavery based on there being do many white abolitionists. As a tribally-enrolled Native person, I’m glad for every non-native ally we have. Non-native people often dismiss this issue as unimportant’ of course you don’t get the importance of an issue that doesn’t affect you. Rather than telling us what issues we should or should not spend our time advocating for or deciding what honors or offends us, why not listen to what Native people are saying about how this issue impacts us and why we feel so strongly about it. Next year my daughter won’t go to high school with all of her friends, because the high school in our community has a school culture that denegrates and disrespects our culture. She’ll have to go to a school outside of our community, because her school has a learning environment that is hostile to Native people. This isn’t about political correctness or hyper-sensitivity. Indigenous mascots have been proven to cause real harm to Native people, especially Native youth, which is why the vast majority of tribes have taken stances against them, why the majority of tribally-enrolled American Indians (not every pretendian with a family myth of Native ancestry) opposes them, and why many non-Native allies such as the women degraded in this article are saying it is time to finally end school cultures that disrespect Native people and our culture.

  • bird
    January 30, 2016 at 9:51 am

    What idiots… this is why Donald Trump gains strength every day.

  • The Philistine
    January 29, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    “Fighting Racist Mascots because the next generation doesn’t see color”

    This is a bad thing in her mind?

  • Chris From Georgia
    January 29, 2016 at 9:23 am

    This is a new level of insanity!!! I’m sure there more important issues to worry about than this at that school!!!

  • Mr. T
    January 29, 2016 at 8:12 am

    I bet none of these women have kids in high school and if they do they are probably restrictedto the chess or robotics clubs. So,,,,go Tewksbury knights, rooks, pawns or androids?

  • pbhn
    January 28, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    I think these women probably are most offended by the presence of “men” in “Redmen.”

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