Of course she's still the victim and it's not the concern for her that I am protesting at all. If hearing the chant makes her feel awful, it should be stopped for that reason.
It's the villainization of a bunch of kids - many of whom weren't around with Old Coach - in a completely unnecessary way that I think is just over the top, highly unlikely, and, yes, kind of mean. It's making a simple thing a very dramatic conspiracy. When you hear hoof falls, think horse, not evil zebra. Why say "Ooooo they're probably doing it maliciously! Poor victim " when it's much, much more likely they just like a catchy chant. Making up some story about evil kids picking on the girl doesn't address the issue and doesn't help in any way. Makes it a better story about good vs. evil, sure. I guess that's easier to digest than it just doesn't register to these kids that someone might have a problem with the chant.
The boys who "brought back" the cheer are not necessarily villains or acting out of malice. They might not even know it's a problem. But someone needs to tell them that it is, and why.
I went to a college whose team name was "the Indians" for years and years. When it was founded 200-plus years ago, part of its mission was to educate Native Americans. In 1974, two years before I arrived, the trustees did away with all things Indian -- the team name, songs, cheers, chants, even the name of one of the musical groups. To this day, there are alumni (I am not one of them) who are upset about that -- "It's tradition! We're honoring Indians for their bravery and nobility!" But the powers that be decided that it was offensive and demeaning and *not* in keeping with the school's mission, and that was that.
If there are people who find this cheer upsetting because of what -- and whom -- it represents, then that should be that. Those who don't like the ban are free to disagree with it, but they still need to honor it, out of respect to those who are affected.
(Let's not sidetrack this thread into a discussion of whether "Indians" and similar terms are appropriate team names/school mascots. I brought it up for illustrative purposes only.)