October 27, 2014
Rhetorical Analysis: Indian Mascots- You’re Out!
Jack Shakley’s 2011 article, “Indian Mascots – You’re out!” argues that removing Native American names and mascots from college and professional teams is the appropriate thing to do. The context of this article appeared after a Los Angeles Times editorial about legislator in North Dakota struggles over whether the University of North Dakota should be forced to change its team name and mascot from the Fighting Sioux ( Lunsford, p.520 ). Shakley’s exigence is to support his argument as well as responding to those who believe there is no need to get rid of Native American mascots. Through this book in which the article is placed in the audience is college professors and students, but the intended audience are Native Americans, professional and college teams. I recommend this article for PopMatters persuasiveness prize as it argues why Indian mascots should be removed from college and professional teams due to Native stereotypes. He appeals to the audiences with ethos, mainly with his many leadership positions in Native American affiliated associations; pathos through his first-hand experience with the effects of the stereotypes; and logos, giving facts and statistics. Jack Shakley is former chair of the Los Angeles City/ County Native American Commission and president emeritus of the California Community Foundation (CCL). “Emeritus is a title of honor granted in the business world upon retirement to someone who has made important contributions to a company, corporation, or foundation over a long period of time” (Lunsford, p.520). The CCL is a local nonprofit philanthropic organization that supports “transformative change” in the region and the larger world. Shakley was president of the CCL from 1980 until 2004 and now he is a current member of the Board of Advisors of the Center of Philanthropy and Public Policy at the University of Southern...
Cited: Lunsford, Andrea A., John J. Ruszkiewicz, and Keith Walters. Everything 's an Argument: With Readings. 6th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin 's, 2013. Print.
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