The slow creep of political correct mascots has reached Massachusetts and gone beyond teams which called themselves the Redskins. In fact, the latest school to consider a change is known as a much more innocuous nickname: The Marauders.
As reported by the Boston Globe, Dedham High officials are planning to change the mascot of the school’s teams, the Marauders. It’s not that they want to change the teams’ names. Quite the contrary. The team is committed to playing as the Marauders in 2015, just as it has since first shifting to the name in the 1960s. It’s just that the team’s current physical mascot embodiment of that name doesn’t fit the image they want to project of the school.
And what is that image, you ask? It’s a pirate.
We’re not quite sure why Dedham is concerned about offending pirates. It’s not as if this is a contemporary pirate, ripped from the script of the Tom Hanks vehicle Captain Phillips or anything like that. This is a classic, 17th century pirate, of the Seinfeld puffy shirt variety.
No matter. Dedham has decided that the pirate doesn’t fit the image it wants to project, so it will switch to either a non-mascot styled large letter “D”, or perhaps a more patriotic nod to Massachusetts’ revolutionary war roots. Both are fine.
Of course, so is the pirate. Dedham made the major shift that was necessary when it dropped a more Native American-styled mascot in 2007. Why it needs to give up on the pirate is anyone’s guess. An almost identical one seems to have done just fine in Pittsburgh since 1891. Perhaps what the Marauders really need is to give up that pirate for a parrot, just like Pittsburgh. After all, everyone loves a parrot, right?