I am a resident of Keller, Texas. This is a fantastic place to live and raise a family. Keller was recently voted one of the best cities in America to live, and I couldn’t agree more. I do, however, have a bone to pick with the city and school district that should be remedied. It may seem like a small issue, but it bothers me as well as some of our neighbors who are very involved in our community and the school district.
Keller has an old historic water tower that sits at a major intersection. On the water tower is: “Keller Home of the Indians.” This is in reference to Keller High School. It’s 2010. We should not have a high school with a mascot named “Indians.” We’re a progressive community that doesn’t need to have a name and mascot that has been deemed offensive by most other communities and institutions. There are laws in place in some states that prohibit mascot names that promote stereotypes or discrimination. For the purposes of this discussion, there are currently four high schools in Keller. Keller is no longer just the home of the Indians, but also the Chargers, Falcons, and Panthers.
This may seem like a small issue, but it is really about a community growing and understanding what that means. This historic water tower sits in the Keller Veterans Memorial Park. The memorial includes the names of area veterans, a sculpture, flags, and engraved stones. It is a nice place for reflection. A place dedicated to veterans who have defended the freedom of the citizens of the United States should not promote an antiquated school mascot.
Citizens and elected officials of Keller, the time is now to make a positive change for our community. We are a diverse yet unified community that — together — can accomplish anything. I am proud to be a resident and proud for my children to grow up in such a fine community. Why do we have a word on our town water tower that, when taken out of context, is offensive to some of our community members? I’m not looking forward to the day when I have to explain this to my children. We’re better than this. I’d even volunteer to go up to the top and repaint if I wasn’t so afraid of heights.
As a degreed historian, my love of history runs deep. The purpose of studying history is to learn from the past. It’s time to move on for the greater good. And, we need some new art up there anyway. Let’s see some mascots! Note the plural.