reading respone to Indian mascots

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Yu Yan (Helen) Chen
W2-19
4/21/2014
Reading Response #5:

Fuwas are mascots of Beijing Olympic. They integrate into the shape of fish, panda, Tibetan antelope, swallow and the Olympic Flame. They deliver the message of friendship and peace, positive spirit and a desire to have harmony between man and nature. Mascots are good representatives of something, however, sport mascots symbolize racism toward American Indian.

In Kimberly Roppolo’s article, she concludes the struggles American Indian face through analysis of history and contemporary incidents. She argues that we don’t learn much from the history, and what we learn isn’t a complete picture of the truth. She gives examples, such as Thomas Jefferson’s miscegenation, the beloved creator’s editorials“kill’em all”, to show us that we may learn only the good aspect of one incident, but not the other. Superficially, these incidents seem normal, but they actually indicate bad intentions. She writes about the murders in the 1970s “these murders go largely unnoticed by mainstream America”(193). When we look back into history, we don’t learn about the bad things America has done to American Indian. In fact, we can’t wipe up the history, but our society decides not to teach it. Kimberly criticizes America “Everything around us was made from stolen American Indian resources, our Earth is in danger of global disaster from imbalance greed”(190). Our country is a competitive country. We tend to compare with other countries and always want to be number one. Due to this reason, we take other people’s land and resources. Kimberly also said that we are not aware of American Indian racism. We think that their behaviors encourage the negative stereotype. Kimberly explains that “we must consider the kind of low self-esteem that both conscious historical racism and dysconscious contemporary racism”(195). They are not bad people, yet they just can’t face their past. Lots of American Indian are ashame of their history and...