Mascots to Be Banned

Topics: Native American mascot controversy, United States, Native Americans in the United States Pages: 3 (1045 words) Published: May 23, 2002
Offensive Mascots to be Banned

What is considered offensive? Is it considered offensive to use obscenities around children? According to many people in the United States, it is sport team names and mascots that depict a certain group of people are considered offensive. People around the United States are trying to get professional sport teams to change their names and mascots because they feel it depicts their certain race in bad way. Teams should have to change their mascot and their name if they are named after a certain group of people.

Aside from professional sports teams having offensive names, high school and college teams also have offensive names. In Greenly, Colorado at the University of Northern Colorado, their mascot is the Fightin' Reds. Of course, this name sounds very racists, depicting Native Americans in a very harsh manner. Students on the basketball team renamed their team, The Fightin' Whites. They were trying to depict the 1950's style of the average American male. Their slogan for their team is "Every thang's going to be all white." By making this new mascot and new slogan, the basketball team was trying to get their city council to talk about the insensitive team mascots that their school, along with thousands of other schools have. In Eaton, Colorado the people who live there are amazed by all the madness that is going on about the school's mascot. They are perfectly happy with the mascot, and to them it seems like it would be breaking tradition if someone were to change their mascot. Even though there are many people who hate the school's mascot and vote for it to be changed, there are also some people who love it and do not want to be changed. Some people think it is a honor for a school's mascot to be named after their culture. But the number of people for the mascots do not even compare to the number of people opposed to the mascots. (Cart, A12)

In Sacramento, California there are crusades to get rid of school's with Indian...
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