Sports Mascots

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Should Controversial Sports Mascots Be Replaced?
The controversy over sports mascots is nothing new in today’s society. From the early 1960’s it has created an immense campaign against stereotypical sport mascot names. In articles, Indian Mascots—You’re Out, and So Sioux Me each author demonstrates how many people including Native Americans perceive certain mascots to be offensive. The authors’ first goals are to raise attention to this topic by creating pathos in their writing. Although Mark Hyman, author of So Sioux Me, has many good examples and facts, Jack Shakely, author of Indian Mascots – You’re Out, has a more credible argument. He implements pathos by describing a story that happen to him at a young age and also establishes credibility early in his article, which proves to the reader he understands the topic he is writing about. By creating emotional and logical appeals and establishing credibility, Shakely is successful and writes a persuasive and interesting article. In order to be successful with his argument Shakely must gain his readers’ attention so he creates an emotional appeal in his first and second paragraphs. Shakely begins stating how in the early 1950s when he brought home a Cleveland Indians hat back home in Oklahoma. His mother was “fighting against Indian stereotypes all her life” when she ripped the hat off his head, tore it up and threw it in the garbage (646). His mother ripping his hat creates an emotional appeal for the readers and also shows how strongly some people disagree about having Indian mascots in sports today. Additionally, Shakely creates a logical appeal describing the Braves’ mascot in the 1970’s: “It was that cringe-worthy Chief Noc-A-Homa who came stomping and war-dancing his way out of a tepee in center field every time the Braves his a home run that got to me (647).” He creates a picture demonstrating that its not the Braves name that is stereotyping Native Americans, it’s the actions of the mascots that are...