CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Actor Nick Offerman, best known for his role on the sitcom “Parks and Recreation,” is a native of far southwest suburban Minooka, Illinois.
He's shared an online petition to his Twitter account calling on Minooka Community High School to change its mascot. Currently, athletes are referred to as the Indians.
Offerman tweeted the mascot should be “something that is not denigrating indigenous folk.”
"Here’s your chance to get on the scoreboard of decency," the 49-year-old wrote. while urging his followers to sign the Change.org petition.
“It’s dumb and shameful to resist this by now, unless you enjoy racism,” he said.
The actor elaborated in a sub tweet by adding, "I get it, it’s a total bummer to change! You have to get new shirts and helmets, what a drag. But is it not the right thing to do if society is to be decent to all the people?"
Offerman noted that the NFL and NASCAR are making “course corrections” from racism, so the school system should be able to.
As of Tuesday, the petition had 7600 signatures, nearing its current goal of 10,000.