In the article “Most Native American-Themed Sports Mascots are Flattering and Not Racist” Chief Lee Vest of the Appalachian Confederated Tribes stated “I personally think it’s an honor to be chosen (as a mascot).” But he quickly points out that “Even though people say they’re silly for pretesting it, the biggest problem for all Native Americans is the use of Redskin.” The use of Redskin is racist and extremely offensive. Chief Lee Vest explains that if history textbooks mentioned that the term “Redskins” was coined during a Native American genocide, the public would understand why it is an offensive term. Native American themed mascots should not be used as sport mascots because of the inaccurate picture they give of the Native American people. The Native Americans are just trying to live their lives. They don’t need a mascot stereotyping them it something they are
Learning from the shortcomings of others can benefit others in the pursuit of peaceful living. A majority of the American public do not want the Confederate monuments removed from public display (NYPOST 8/17/17). In a survey conducted by the Nypost news team and PBS, 62 percent of people did not want the Confederate statues removed from public display. Twenty-seven percent of people found the Statues offensive and wanted them removed. The majority of United States citizens that do not want the statues removed claim to reject racist ideology.
It is not polite for anyone, kid, presidential candidate or sportswriter to change your mind, no matter what. Such people are not really thinking; they are just being relentless. Lastly, he states that “ So while I still think it would be nicer if the Redskins changed their name — some Native Americans, after all, are bothered by the name — I no longer think it is that important an issue. After all, if most Native Americans are not upset by the name, why should someone like me, who is not a Native American, insist on a change? After all, it’s just the name of a sports
Another issue seems to be how offensive many of the mascots for these sports teams can be. Coachella Valley, a high school in California are called the Arabs and have a mascot that is insulting to many people. The Atlanta Braves have reacted to critics in recent years, by
Schools and professionals sports teams with mascots, chants, and team names that contain racial slurs or insulting caricatures relating to Native American should change their names because they are offending and demeaning to groups of people who have been insulted and abused since people first started settling this continent, their people’s home for millennia. Unlike African Americans who have also been under social ridicule, Native Americans have never had the numbers or a loud enough voice to inspire a change in the way people treat them. The Native American people have been culturally scarred by the treatment of their ancestors and have to hear people cheer for the “Redskins”, a word originally used when encouraging people to bring in Indians scalps for a reward, it only cuts the wound deeper. However in a country where the white majority has never had to deal with persecution on this level find it hard to relate to the Native American
In the sports article, “49ers Fans Burn Jerseys Over Player 's Refusal To Stand During Anthem”, Washington post claims that Kaepernick 's fans disagree with his actions, by burning his jersey. The article then mentions a few players and/or officials who support his decisions to kneel while the national anthem plays. Furthermore, Kaepernick 's action did not physically harm another individual. It is then argued, Kaepernick has a right such as the other individuals who reside in this nation, as an American we have freedom of religion and freedom of expression. Washington post concludes, with Kaepernick 's opinion, approval is not the reasoning behind this, but instead standing up for those who are
There are many sports team names and mascots whose names reference Native Americans; this has become a public controversy due to the sports team names being interpreted as a racially offensive pursue. Most people do not take into consideration that these teams have an important meaning behind them, and how they contribute to the insightful history of Native Americans themselves. It would be a catastrophe having to lose all the history. Many claims toward this idea of "racism" are due to NFL and college team names such as the Washington Redskins, Kansas City Chiefs, and the Florida State Seminoles are just a few. However, the underlying truth is that teams with names like these are meant to honor and represent the pride and strength these tribes have had throughout their history.
Native Americans are the victims of racism since the early years and it needs to change. Native American names for sports teams are now being changed, but some team names are not changing. The Washington Redskins team name at first glance would not seem to be offensive in any way but if you know the meaning of the word Redskin it would be. The word Redskin was invented by the people who would torture and skin Native Americans to use their skin as clothing items and because their skin was red and bloody the name redskins stuck. In addition mascot names are also causing Native Americans trouble.
In recent times, there has been controversy over using Native Americans as mascots for various activities. It has influenced several teams to change their mascot in an attempt to please the Native Americans they have offended, but there are still many teams that have yet to change their mascots. It is inhumane to target a race of people and imitate them in such a disrespectful way, using stereotypes that have no relation to who they are or what their culture is. We use Native American mascots at games to cheer on the crowd and perform stereotypical routines for our own selfish enjoyment. “American Indian mascots and logos promote negative stereotypes” (Herrington 1).
I came to a higher understanding of the importance of respecting someone’s culture and heritage after reading this week’s assignments. Unfortunately, the ignorance around us does not allow us to visualize the harm cause on Native Americans. For instance, I am no sports fan but have seen the logos and mascots of many teams in which American Indian’s figures and languages are used. It was not until today that I sympathize with many American Indians who are offended with those images and slangs. My ignorance was not as a participant in this behavior but of an individual unaware of the situation.
Have you ever gotten offended by symbols or mascots? a lot of people are getting offended by mascots and symbols all around the U.S. Names and symbols go beyond just representing a team or an organization, “they have a wider effect’’. There are many symbols and mascots in our society than can offend a group of ethnicity or a group of people. a lot of symbols have animals on them that can offend a lot of people, some of these symbols use a group of people or ethnicity and those people get offended by the symbol.from the article ‘’U.S. patent office cancels Redskins trademark registration, says name is disparaging.’’ says that “The ruling’s main impact is as a cudgel by an increasingly vocal group of Native Americans.’’ a lot of these symbols can offend a lot of people in the U.S or all around the world.
They find it irrelevant as it doesn’t have to do anything with the sport and technically they are right but what better place is to sing the national anthem than a sporting event where millions of Americans, all with different backgrounds can sing as one? The first time Kaepernick didn’t stand for the anthem was in a preseason game and then he did it again and people were furious. He explained why he did that but was that the right place and time for Kaepernick to do that? He could’ve just announced it on a press release but no he decided not to stand during the national anthem, disrespecting it, not just the anthem, but all the people that served on the military as