Controversy on Native American Mascots Bigotry and mockery are two concepts that the United States has fought with since its creation, and it seemed that it was disappearing, but it hasn’t. Many schools, of all levels, are using a Native American mascot to represent their sporting teams and this has brought much controversy over the truth behind these mascots. This idea is the mocking a heritage for money and amusement of others. It does not, in any way, represent the truth behind Native American modern life. Lastly, if a mascot was used to represent another race, it would be deemed insulting and would immediately be removed. Using Native Americans as mascots is a cruel form of mockery and racism, and must be put to an end. A mascot is used to make money and to attract and amuse crowds. For many sports teams, mascots are animals such as bears or tigers. By using a Native American as a mascot, you are labeling them as lesser than the spectators of the sport. A Native American is a person, not an animal that one can use and sell for their own benefits. A student should not feel that their own school is mocking their family and their heritage for entertainment purposes. One student of a North Carolina high school had even said, “How long would you want to stay in a place where you’re being mocked and laughed at?” By mocking this heritage, they are not only offending people, but losing money in the process of trying to make it because many students prefer to not go to a school where they feel they are being made fun of. The use of a Native American as a mascot is offensive and must immediately be put to a stop. The idea of a Native American used to entertain people or represent sports teams is not at all what a real person of this heritage is. When the term “Indian” is used, many think of someone wearing face paint and a feathered headdress, the exact icon for the Cleveland Indians baseball team. However, the modern Native American is never dressed in anything
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Native American Mascots
Redskins, Braves, Indians, and Chiefs; they’re just mascot names not racist remarks. People find using these names as team mascots derogatory and insulting. Others don’t mind it, they think of it as tradition and don’t want the names removed. On the contrary, Native American Mascots being used in sports teams is considered disrespect to several. This should not be an issue because they do not ridicule….
North Dakota is currently in one of the biggest debates over a Native American team mascot.
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is fighting with the University of North Dakota regarding the
Fighting Sioux mascot. The Native American students have been increasing the pressure on the
University to change its name. “We’re seeing more educators around the county, in middle
Schools, high schools and at universities, concerned about the racial climate in schools
dropping these symbols” (Johansen….
jokingly been referred to as the “Politically Incorrect World Series” due to both teams stereotypical Native American mascots. Growing up, the Braves achieved dominance on the baseball diamond, which prompted every kid my age to wear the Tomahawk and make the “Braves” t-ball team. I was introduced to the Cleveland Indians by the comedy movie, Major League and ever since have recognized their cartoon-like mascot, “Chief Wahoo.” In “The Indian Wars”, S.L. Price asks why derogatory names like the Redskins and….
Native American Mascots
Imagine yourself at a sporting event. You are enjoying the last bite of your foot-long hot dog, anticipating the moment the half time show will begin. Out comes the shoe-less, plaid-shirt wearing, ripped and dirty blue jean sporting mascot. His name is “Billy Bob-- the wildest hillbilly in the boondocks.” He goes running around, chugging down his fake moonshine and spitting tobacco. Being a native of Appalachia, you find yourself upset, and state this to be extremely….
Native American Mascot use
Native Americans have been on this land for hundreds, if not thousands of years. Their way of life is very different from the socially accepted way of the Europeans. The traditional symbols of their people and the ceremonial dress that they wore are considered sacred. Many different college universities, professional sports teams and public businesses use these sacred symbols, images and traditional dress as a logo or mascot for their team or business….
appropriating African-American culture –even when black people don’t get that same love reciprocated. This appropriation is seen many times in pop culture, schools, and the media. In the passage, “Appropriating Native American Imagery Honors No One but the Prejudice” by Amy Stretton, she emphasizes that racial stereotyping and inaccurate racial portrayals do not honor a living breathing people. Similar to black culture, Native American culture is often appropriated through the use of mascots and offensive….
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….
3 December 2011
Ethics of Native American Mascots
Ethics of Native American mascots is a controversial topic and should not be argued against because they are used ethically, complementary, and respectfully. The Native American Mascot controversy is a topic that has presented itself in recent years all across the country. Though there have been some issues, complaints, and moral questions brought up about the Native American mascot dilemma by a minority group of people, there is no legitimate argument….
Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones but Names Will Never Hurt Me
(Unless I am Native American)
Arguments can be made that Native Americans have been discriminated against since Christopher Columbus navigated into the New World in 1492, and that it has lasted in society and sports up to this day. One very controversial issue in sports has been the use of Native American nicknames and mascots among schools and professional sports teams. Since the 1930’s and 1950’s there has been….
is a large debate that native american mascots are racist creates harmful stereotypes and that it is racist. One mascot for example the washington redskins the name redskin it offensive by its itself it is determinable. The team owners refuse to change the it.the term redskin is a reminder of the genocide native people went through. When the opposing side says they are being too sensitive the slur is equivalent to the ¨N¨word you wouldn't have a african american as a mascot,paint your face black….