In response to Denny Grossman's letter, "Group of activists shouldn't
get its way":
Sometimes it takes a minority to finally open the eyes of the
majority. Our state lawmakers don't think the mascot issue is "real
stupid." It's real necessary to ensure that no child feels racially
discriminated against while attending school. This issue is not about the
feelings of adults and their days as an Indian, it's about the feelings
of children. All children should have a voice. Our school board didn't
think these voices mattered, but they were wrong.
Make no mistake, it was not an honor to have a derogatory picture of
an Indian at John Burroughs. It was not an honor to have Arcadia High
School print an underground newspaper titled "Stupid Indian." It's not an
honor to have banners with the words, "Better dead than red" painted on
them. These are examples of complete disrespect, and racism in its purist
form. Apparently some of our state Assembly members agree.
Mr. Grossman and the majority of Americans, as he claims, can continue
to think that their mascots are proud and strong symbols. As part of the
minority, I'm telling you they are not. Our voices matter, and we will be
heard in Sacramento.