LETTER: Unionville Indian mascot must be preserved

The Unionville-Chadds Ford students who are advocating the removal of our Indian Mascot are showing their historic ignorance and possibly their bigotry. The Lenape Indians lived in our region long before European immigrants arrived and slowly, mainly peacefully, push their Indian neighbors to the west. The last Lenape Indian, Indian Hannah, in the region died in 1802. There may still be Lenape Indians on our reservations in the west.

Perhaps the UCF district should require history classes detailing what has happened in our region over the ages.

Our mascot was chosen to honor the Lenape Indians, and not as a derisive impact on our region’s earlier inhabitants. No one can erase history. Our district has far more important needs on which to spend its limited time.

Bruce Yelton

Pocopson Township