Letters to the Editor – June 3, 2016
Elling: ‘Will the Indian River School District apologize for slavery?’
A few weeks ago, the State of Delaware House of Representatives apologized for the State’s role in slavery. The sponsor of the bill, Stephanie T. Bolden, praised her colleagues. She was quoted; “This is a powerful symbolic gesture. We were one of the last states to end slavery, but we don’t have to be one of the last to recognize the terrible damage it did.”
What does the Indian River School District have to do with the history of slavery? The mascots of the Indian River High School and Selbyville Middle School were never identified to African slaves. Can you imagine the IRSD students cheering…”Goooooo African Slaves” or “Goooooo German Jews”? Could we have had mascot Africans or mascot Jews as the IRSD promotes “mascot Indians” and call it honorable?
Please tell me that the IRSD of 40 years past and today did not and do not consider the genocide of millions of “First Peoples” in the Americas, the Holocausts of Europe, the Crusades of Europe, the Doctrine of Discovery and the enslavement/murder of “African” peoples to be honorable events perfect for sport mascots.
The defense of the IRSD in using (without permission) “Northern Plains Tribal Nations” “Indian Chief Heads” for sport mascots is not to protect their never-defined “honor” of “Indians.” It is about plagiarism and ownership within the IRSD. It is about slavery and servitude.
The indigenous tribal people of the Americas were murdered, displaced and forced into slavery by the invading Europeans (ancestors of many us within the IRSD). Please read the book “Brethren by Nature: New England Indians, Colonists and the Origins of American Slavery,” by Margaret Ellen Newell. You will learn that the English colonists and our school’s Thanksgiving favorites, the Puritans in New England, enslaved and sold into slavery thousands of “Indians.”
Is this why multiple public schools of Delaware believe they own their cartoon “Indian” chief heads?
Is there a history of “Indian” slavery and or indentured “Indian” servitude in Delaware? Absolutely! The Swedes, Dutch and English were all active in the slavery practices in Delaware. The invading Europeans of Spain and Portugal enslaved thousands upon thousands of indigenous people from the Caribbean to Florida to Mexico to Central America to South America. Many of our European ancestors committed theft, murder and rape as they deposited their genetic “footprints” on the “American” invaded lands.
What did our European ancestors do to our brothers and sisters of Africa? They did the same as they had enslaved indigenous peoples. They did it for profit. They did it because the European invaders believed they were superior humans to those who were defined as less than fully human.
Are forced marches onto a Delaware reservation the honor IRSD cheers with, “Gooooo Indians”? How can the IRSD even think that “their” mascots are the honorable property of the IRSD?
Will the IRSD follow the lead of the House of Representatives in the State of Delaware? Will the IRSD and the State Board of Education apologize for the enslavement of the “indigenous peoples” of Delaware? Will the IRSD and the State Board of Education ban the use of all human cartoon images for sport that were subjected to or promoted racism, slavery, genocide and merciless hatred?
“We do not have to be one of the last to recognize the terrible damages done” and being done.
Lloyd E. Elling
IR girls’ lax team thankful for support
On behalf of the Indian River High School girls’ lacrosse team, we would like to thank Millville By the Sea, Catch 54 and Bethany Surf Shop for making the JV and varsity awards banquet possible.
We are so excited on the outcome of our first season as varsity and junior varsity teams. With the support of our community and the leadership of coach Kelsea Ayers, Indian River High made history.
Mary Beth Murray and Kristen Haden
Lioness Club grateful for support
Through the generosity of our guests and the donations from our supporters at the May 18 “Queen for the Day” Fashion Show Luncheon, the Lord Baltimore Lioness Club has been able to continue its scholarship program for both IRHS seniors and a continuing-education nursing student at Beebe Nursing, in addition to its community support endeavors.
A tremendous thank-you to our donors: All About U Salon, BJ’s (Millsboro), Bear Trap Dunes, Café on 26, Cindy’s Nails, the Clayton Theatre, Cotton Club of Rehoboth Beach, Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club, Fenwick Floaters, Fish Tales, Frankford Diner, Giant, Good Earth Market & Organic Farm, Hocker’s Super Wash, Japanesque of Bethany Beach, MAC Catering, Mary Kay Cosmetics, McCabe’s Gourmet Market, Patti’s Hallmark Shop, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Treasure Island and UPS–Ocean View; with special recognition to Lioness supporter extraordinaire John Persinger for his outstanding and continued generosity.
Additionally, a deserving tribute is given to our presenters, CraZy LadyZ! (business owners Jan Patterson and Louise Reardon) for an amazing, creative array of summer fashions flattering to all. Furthermore, our host venue, Baywood Greens Country Club, presented the ideal location for the fashion event.
Since 1990, the Lord Baltimore Lioness Club, under its motto “We Serve,” has supported not only the Lions charities but also local community needs beyond the scholarship program. New members are always welcomed. If interested, come join us at a future meeting held the first Wednesday of the month (August through December; February through June) at the Ocean View Presbyterian Church Hall (67 Central Avenue in Ocean View) at 6:30 p.m.
Karen Lucas, Secretary
Lord Baltimore Lions Club
Artisans Fair a hit, thanks to many
On a beautiful Memorial Day weekend Saturday, we were happy to welcome more than 1,000 attendees from throughout the area to the Ninth Annual Artisans Fair, sponsored by the South Coastal Delaware AARP. This event is our chapter’s primary fundraiser for our Scholarship Fund, enabling us to support both young people and adults from Sussex County who are furthering their education.
This event is a wonderful showcase of talent from more than 50 exhibitors, including many local residents and artisans from five states overall. It is only made possible by the support of the more than 50 chapter volunteers who help on fair day and from several local businesses.
We would like to thank Giant Food, Millville; Walmart, Rehoboth Beach; and Wawa, Bethany Beach for their contributions which helped us defray some of the event’s costs. We are also grateful to the Ocean View Police Department, who directed traffic on Route 26; members of Sussex Central High School Junior ROTC, who helped with show set-up; and to the Ocean View Animal Hospital, who opened their parking lot for volunteer parking.
We are grateful for the wonderful media coverage provided by Coastal Point, and to Fulton Bank, who publicized the show on their electronic message board outside the bank at Central and Route 26.
I wish to recognize in person the individuals who served on the Planning Team, working for many months to make this event possible. They included: Ida Crist, Dianne DeForest, Laurel Detzi, Maureen Eisenhart, Jim Hartsig, Lyla Larouche, Nancy Mann, Judy Matsko, Kathy Miles and Al Thomas.
We are already looking ahead to our 10th anniversary show on Memorial Day weekend 2017.
Ione Phillips, Coordinator
2016 Artisans Fair
Salt Pond golf event a true success
The Salt Pond Ladies Golf held their annual opening-day scramble on May 25, in which 65 ladies participated, from Wilmington, Bethany Beach, Ocean View and Lewes.
We want to thank the many local businesses/organizations who supported and contributed to the success of this day: Salt Pond Golf Course, Salon on Central, Treasure Island, Ocean View Family Restaurant, Burnzy’s, Oceanova Spa, Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club and Bear Trap Golf.
We would also like to thank the members of the Salt Pond Ladies Golf, for providing the continental breakfast, and to Birdies Snack Bar, for catering the luncheon. A big thank-you also goes out to all of the folks who volunteered in making this a very special day. Also, a thank-you to Art Whaley, pro, Salt Pond Golf Course, who provided a demonstration on putting and chipping.
Salt Pond Ladies Golf