Mascot Controversy

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“The Cleveland Indians”, “Washington Redskins”, “Braves”, image of Chief Wahoo...has been used as the symbols, the names, the mascots for schools and sport team for many centuries. Those seem to be abnormal to be communal established, but in reality it was not, this phenomenon has become the hot issue in the 1950s and till then, especially was its effect toward the Native Americans. It’s not only causing the damage of the Nation’s reputation but also the images of the Natives in the sight of other nations. The widened use of Native American mascot should not be appreciated, because it is not only result the disagreement and disconnection between two nations, but also this can be seen as the racist of the American toward the Natives. These mascots and cultural figures are part of the Native American culture. To go and generalize these people into a sports team that have nothing to do with who they are, is being very prejudice, misleading, and in many ways wrong. This controversy should not even be something to think about. These people deserve the right to be heard and understood that their names, tribal figures, and beliefs are theirs. Mascots used to define them bring nothing but racism, shame, stereotyping, and generalization.

Back to the 1950s, when the mascot of the baseball team “Cleveland Indians” firstly established, which seem to be valued and attracted by the “Indians” fans, in their sight, the mascot brought the spiritually power of warriors, the fiercely strength, bravery, courage and fighting skills rather than the racist. But in fact, Chief Wahoo is described as a dopey-smiling, hooked nose, red-faced man that reinforces beliefs that Natives are subhuman is especially harmful, with alcoholism, unemployment, and poverty plaguing Native reservations across America. According to Charlene Teters, member of the Spokane Nation and founder of the National Coalition on Racism in Sports and the Media on Plain Dealer in April, 2008 that Wahoo is “the most...
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