After all, it was students’ concerns in the first place that put this matter on the administration’s radar. Borgstrom told The Cooperstown Crier that students have reported feeling embarrassed when discussing the mascot with kids from other schools.
It’s entirely possible that there is not a single individual who is personally offended by the Redskins name. But we applaud Borgstrom and his colleagues for listening to the students, and starting what can only be a valuable dialogue, regardless of the outcome. Talking about the appropriateness of the Redskins name may prompt students to think twice about other terms they may take for granted.
We hope the students at Cooperstown will be as thoughtful as Borgstrom in considering their options when they vote, and that outrage can be replaced with acceptance — whatever the students decide.