Wildwood schools to keep Warriors name | Education
“Historically, Native American warriors have been recognized for their bravery, strength, and skill in battle, and are therefore considered defenders. The great warlord Sitting Bull said, “A warrior for us is one who sacrifices himself for the good of others. Its task is to care for the elderly, the helpless, those who cannot support themselves and especially the children – the future of mankind,” said the Wildwood Secondary School principal. , Phil Schaffer, also in a statement.
Opponents of the use of Native imagery in sports have argued that it presents a distorted view of Native life and places American Indians in the past, such as Vikings or Spartans, or portrays them as similar to animals, such as tigers or mustangs. The resolution from the National Congress of American Indians argues that images and names commodify Indigenous history, hurt Indigenous children, and provide a distorted view of Indigenous cultures past and present.
Troiano said he agrees there were issues with the former names of Cleveland and Washington’s professional sports teams, and understands why some may take offense to cartoonish mascots or the use of stereotypes. But he said school sports teams are named to inspire students and the community, usually after an ideal to strive for.
The son of a former Wildwood mayor and Wildwood fire chief who played high school football, basketball and baseball in a Warriors jersey, Troiano described the Lenni Lenape who once came to barrier islands like the Wildwoods as “incredible people” who should be remembered and emulated. He said warriors protect their people.