The political correctness over Indian names and terminology has hit home on multiple fronts here in the bayou city recently. The wave of sensitivity over Native American Nicknames and stereotypes that has recently hit the N-F-L with the push to re-name the Washington Redskins and the University of Colorado ban on Indian costumes this past Halloween has now made its way to Houston.
First, Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis has sent a letter to Houston I-S-D Superintendent Terry Grier asking that the Lamar High School mascot of “Redskins” not be used. Ellis says in the letter that local Native American leaders he spoke with expressed concern about the “inflammatory” mascot name. The school has responded by saying they have done away with the mascot and phased out most references to the term in regards to team and group names.
Also this past weekend found Houston bar chain Brewskis Pub and Patio in hot water because of a Thanksgiving promotion in which they posted pictures of staff members dressed as Indians on their Face Book page along with a flyer and the quote “Drink like a Indian, Party like a Pilgrim”. Some customers who were offended posted on Facebook , while other customers took the other side of the argument side that people are overly sensitive and “too politically correct”. Brewskis owners said they were only trying to promote an event and promptly took down the pictures and flyers. The following is the full statement from Brewskis owner Mark R. Evans:
“It has come to our attention that one of the promotional flyers for our Louetta store’s pre-Thanksgiving party last Wednesday was viewed as offensive by some in the Houston community, and for that we express our sincere apologies.
That flyer was not approved by the ownership or senior management, and we can see how it would be viewed as offensive by some portion of the Native American population who may have seen it on the Facebook page for the bars. The intent of the flyer on Facebook was to promote a fun party and atmosphere.
Brewskis’ staff, ownership and customer base is comprised of members of dozens of races and religions, including Native Americans, and we will strive in the future to keep our promotional materials fun but sensitive to all members of our community.”