SSPRIT has remained relatively distant from the Crockett Facebook pages, only to alert community members about upcoming events regarding the Indian mascot issue. However, in preparation for the school board meeting this Wednesday, March 9th (where the board will revisit their unethical vote which named Warrior as the new school mascot) we have been posting memes exposing the correlations between Warrior mascots and settler-colonist patterns of behavior.
After this meme was posted, the conversation took an ugly turn, where one pro-Warrior mascot community member, Emmett Davis, told Indigenous educator, Makhapo Blu Wakpa, to “Shoot your arrows elsewhere…we shot back before and kicked your ass, remember? History repeats itself.” He continued “yeah, thats right Wackpa or whatever your savage name is…sure…”.
That wasn’t all. See for yourself. The entire conversation was captured:
This is an example of the racist backlash that will arise over and over again when Indigenous Peoples voice concerns about the appropriateness of the Warrior mascot. So the question becomes, why does JSUSD want to play with this kind of fire?