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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Name-ban slippery slope
Oregon has recently banned from its public schools the use of all American Indian team names, mascots, symbols and images because it considers them demeaning and degrading.
For that matter, probably all sports team names could be banned for some reason. You could claim, say, that Bears, Cubs, Lions, Tigers and Matadors are inhumane or insulting to animals, or that names such as Devils, Diablos or Blue Devils are anti-religious and promote satanism and devil worship. You might claim that names such as Pirates promote violence and mayhem, that the nickname Reds promotes communism, the nickname Royals discriminates against nonroyalty, that the name Giants discriminates against small people, and that the nickname Brewers promotes alcoholism. The list could go on and on.
Once you start banning nicknames, where does it end? You could just about ban them all.
KENNETH L. ZIMMERMAN
Huntington Beach, Calif.
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