Despite numerous national and international organizations decrying the harm caused by them, people still cling to racist Indigenous mascots for sports teams.
Great article. Thank you.
I totally agree that all states need to ban non-native schools from having indigenous mascots. Public schools are using taxpayer dollars to perpetuate the stereotypes and hatred. This needs to stop.
Unfortunately it’s just another tool used by the colonizers to politicize and shame indigenous peoples in what they consider their place in the colonialists eyes! I’m sorry to say that, being a caucasien of European descent I’ve seen it in all its disgusting glory and I for one find it truly abhorrent that it’s perpetuated to this day! I have indigenous members by marriage in my family and I know they’re disgusted with it too! Indigenous peoples have a rich heritage and that should be respected and cherished and not turned into a cartoon or used as a prop for anything like the blatantly racist ways that it’s been done for hundreds of years! And yet it persists because of the blatant disregard for the facts that conquerors use to justify oppression! And it’s only going to get worse as the hatred’s and division grows in this country because of the culture war politics of the Republican Right continues! I’m a Transgender Woman and I know first hand how much vitriol and hatred these narrow minds can put out on a community that they deem inferior, but will continue to stand strong with my oppressed sisters and brothers no matter who or where they are from! Let Love Rule the world before we have no world to Love! 😢☹️🥰❤️
This is a wonderful article. Thank you for explaining things in such detail.
Thank you for this article! This is an issue that is sorely overlooked.👍
I will forward this to my legislators today.
I’ll just keep this simple. Thank you for your perspective and explanation. I learned a lot.
Very impressed by Dr. Treuer. He explains this issue in a way that anyone should be able to understand and empathize.
As for me, I grew up in Virginia as a Washington Redskins fan, never once giving a thought to just how racist the word “redskin” really is. I am sorry that it took so long for the team to abandon that mascot, but relieved that it finally happened a few years ago. It has been a slow march, but we are getting there. Thanks for keeping this wrongdoing front and center, we still have a long way to go.
My high school sports teams' mascot was (and still is) the Redskins. A large group of students advocated for a change due to the racist nature of this name and depiction and we suffered retaliation (several of us were on the staff of the student newspaper and were told we couldn't publish any articles/letters to the editor related to the mascot). This has been a topic of debate/disagreement for a long time and sadly hasn't changed. I'm glad to see that there is finally some movement in getting schools to stop this practice (and professional teams). Thanks for this article!
Thank you, Amelia! Native American people have been done such a great disservice by our mostly-white society, and so diminished! Our knowledge of the diversity and beauty of Native American cultures has been distorted by bad teaching in public schools and dreadful (and often incorrect) characterizations in movies and TV. I am so deeply sorry for all that has happened to all indigenous peoples, I am in tears just thinking about it. We who claim to advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion still have a *lot* to learn.
All my life, I've been an avid baseball fan. And growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, I was always saying the same thing - "Wait til next year!" - waiting for a championship. A few years back, I finally started to grow up, and my chant of "Wait til......" morphed from wanting a winning team, to wanting a socially responsible team. And FINALLY, with much poking and proding, the powers that be grew up with me, and US, and appropriately, became the Guardians, as in the guardians of human dignity!! I think now, having FINALLY grown up, my beloved Cleveland baseball team is READY to be champions!!
Very informative! Thanks for opening my eyes and educating me