11 November 2013
Keeping the Native American Mascot
There’s a big debate going on in America about the Washington Redskins football name. Some people find it offensive to the Native American culture, and some people find it respectful and honoring. The Redskins should keep their name, because they’re honoring and celebrating their culture, and their tradition. Many people feel the Redskins mascot is discriminating because of the stereotypes about Indian Native Americans, but the term Redskins isn’t meant to discriminate.
The comic, drawn by Lalo Alcaraz, shows a picture of a white male dressed up in an Indian outfit and telling a Native American that he is showing him honor. It seems as if the Native American is taking it the wrong way. He seems offended because there are stereotypes about Indians regarding the outfit that the American is wearing. But this could be taken either way and it seems that he’s celebrating the spirit for the team and Native Americans. In the video from the Coachella Valley High School, the mascot is an Arabian cartoon icon that the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (AAADC) finds offensive. They have had this mascot for their school since 1931, 82 years. The Alumni Association President, Rich Ramirez, says that it’s just the way that the school does it and it’s not to discriminate. The AAADC says that it’s not tolerable in the 21st century, and finds it discriminating, with all of the stereotypes. At half time there is a girl who is dressed up as a belly dancer and is dancing with the mascot. The school has paintings of a Arabian women and man on the outside of their school. This is also found discriminating because the man is looking over the women, meaning he has more power than the women. The school states that they’re honoring the Arabians because they bought date trees from them, and those date trees helped provide industry for their town. This is a similar situation to the...
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