In their second straight district game with league title implications, the Clear Springs Chargers meet the Clear Falls Knights in a game-of-the-week bout between two 24-6A champion hopefuls.

The Chargers (3-2 overall, 1-0 in District 24-6A) won a 38-35 thriller last week on the road, overcoming a 14-point deficit late in the second half against district favorite Dickinson. They won’t have long to revel in the glory of that victory, as this week they face a Knights (4-1, 1-0) team that won its district opener in less dramatic fashion with a 42-13 decision over Clear Brook.

James LaCombe: 409-683-5242, james.lacombe@galvnews.com or on Twitter @JamesAtGalvNews

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Carlos Ponce

Interesting side note:

The Coalition Against Native Mascots Texas announced formal letters were sent by the South Texas Chapter Indigenous Peoples Movement to each of the schools scheduled to play the Port Neches-Groves Indians asking these teams to forfeit their game. Their schedule includes the Texas City Stingarees and the Santa Fe Indians.

Their objection to PNG lies with a flamboyant mock Native American costume and chants of "SCALP 'EM" from their cheerleaders.

First, there is no mascot outfit that realistically displays that group or animal or natural event. "Tuffy" does not resemble a real tornado (But it's difficult to depict a big gust of swirling wind). "Big Vic" the Stingaree does not realistically depict a stingray. "Big Red" who represents the Hitchcock Bulldogs does not look like a real bulldog, etc. They're exaggerations.

Second, cheerleader chants like "SCALP 'EM" have appeared in the Galveston Daily News for decades - although not recently. We read "[Pearland] Oilers Scalp [Santa Fe] Indians" in the GDN. Also the GDN referred to Santa Fe as "The Tribe" in past editions.

Third, all teams forfeiting to PNG would make that team district champions. Is that what the indigenous group wants?

Fourth- The "Indigenous Peoples" group usually distance themselves from the word "Indians" so do they really think teams that call themselves "Indians" represent them?

I am part Native American but have no objection to the use of Indians as a mascot. However when people come to the Santa Fe Old School Museum and see our Indian display they often ask if Santa Fe plans on keeping that mascot. I jokingly tell them we're going to keep "Indians" but change the depiction to someone who resembles Mahatma Gandhi. [beam]

Jim Forsythe

Why do these people continue to make a mockery of our culture? In almost every game of hockey, basketball, baseball, and football— whether high school, college, or professional leagues— I see some form of degrading activity being conducted by non-Indians of Indian culture! We Indian people never looked the way these caricatures portray us. Nor have we ever made a mockery of the white people. So then why do they do this to us? It is painful to see the mockery of our ways. It is a deep pain.

Dennis J. Banks, American Indian Movement, 1970.

Carlos Ponce

Dennis Banks made that comment over 50 years ago but I have heard similar comments made by XX chromosome women about drag queens.

And from what we read... Jim Forsythe has no problem with drag queens.

Jim Forsythe Jun 22, 2022 11:27am - Many people with children dress up to read to them. Many actors dress up in a flamboyant style to do their job just as drag queens dress in their work clothes. Explain exactly what you have against drag queens volunteering their time to read to children?

Jim Forsythe Jun 9, 2018 12:05pm - No one is being forced to be read too, by drag queens. If you do not want to be part of the reading, do not go.

If Jim Forsythe has no problem with drag queens then he should not have problems with mascots of any type.... if he is consistent.

Jim Forsythe

Carlos, we went over this before. I knew you would think that using mascots and names to downgrade a group, is OK.

What was true when Dennis J. Banks said it, is still true.

One example is the Native Americans were called redskins originally because the blood that ran down their brown bodies after being murdered was such a prevalent sight that the ones killing them coined the violence provoking term “redskins”. People were paid by how many “redskins” aka blood-soaked bodies they brought in.

If you do not know why they would not want to be called this term, nothing else needs to be said.

Carlos Ponce

One Native American does not speak for all.

Jim Forsythe

Carlos, it just one but many that want this to stop. Below is what happened in 2004, and the results was that it took time, but the Washington team changed their name. The movement has grown since then. Also, part of the movement are churches.

On October 2, 2004, "in the nation’s capital, where 20,000 Native Americans converged this week for the most grandiose tribal gathering in U.S. history, several Indian groups are demanding that the city discard an icon they say reminds them of America’s historic hate of their people: The Washington 'Redskins' mascot... There are more than 500 Native groups, hundreds of tribes and tens of thousands of signatures calling for the retirement of the more than 3,000 Indian-name mascots currently in use... Others standing against Indian-name teams include the National Education Association, the United Methodist Church and the United Church of Christ and the Unitarian Universalist Association."

Carlos Ponce

Oh, the groups you mentioned.....[rolleyes]

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