Well, I got involved in a little brou-ha-ha over on Bob Dyer's column, and I thought I would bring it up over here. The issue is that the sports teams for Akron's East High School have traditionally been called "the Orientals." Born and raised in California, I have always considered that term somewhat offensive, so when Dyer originally posted a short item about this in one of his columns, I emailed him an extensive response. Here's the original item:
Time for change
How long is Akron's East High School going to insist on keeping that absurd nickname for its sports teams?
In 2010, it's unconscionable that we're still saddled with ''the East High Orientals.''
Tradition is nice, but it doesn't trump good taste. Can you imagine the existence of a team called the West High Negroes?
The term ''Oriental,'' when referring to a person, is every bit as offensive to most Americans of Asian heritage.
His follow-up published today devotes an entire article to this topic, and quotes me extensively.
What do you think?