Tradition is a valid argument … when the nicknames honors, not degrades the group it represents.
Take our own Anderson Indians, for example. This area has a rich historical connection with the Native Americans who settled these lands, celebrated every year at the Andersontown powwow. Anderson High School’s logo is a proud chieftain. And its live mascots, the Indian Chief and the Maiden, at one time received specialized training to ensure the dance they perform before games is accurate.
Certainly, mascots and images that emphasize cultural stereotypes should be shied away from or discarded, without the need for legal intervention. But those meant to depict the pride and strength of an ethnic group should be allowed to cartwheel, cheer and tumble without fear.
In summary Mascots that utilize names and images of ethnic groups should represent the pride and strength of the culture, not magnify stereotypes.