There’s a bit of a kerfuffle here in Metrowest Boston over the Natick High School mascot, the Redmen.
Some time ago, a movement in Natick against the name led to a vote by the school committee to change it. Now another movement wants to bring it to the people, and the town’s selectmen voted 5-0 to put it to a town-wide nonbinding vote on March 25.
As so often is the case in these situations, it’s tradition versus sensitivity (some say PCness), and in a way, never the twain shall meet. For one side, it’s an issue of changing the name — which many find offensive, insensitive, and racist (not many mention that it’s also sexist) — to something that everyone can be proud of. For the other side, it doesn’t seem to matter what the issue is, they want to stick by the name, whether it’s the Natick Redmen or the Natick Doodlebugs.
A commenter on a local message board suggested, “Sometimes a name is just a name, not a political statement.” What do you think?
Photo from boston.com.