Is using Native Americans as mascots for sports teams offensive? It does not matter if it is a high school or a college, sometimes even the NFL. Examples of sports teams that use Native Americans images are Washington Redskins, Florida State Seminoles, and a high school Cherokee Braves. It is not offending and there should not be any problem because it is not making fun of anybody. Using Native American images and names in professional, collegiate, and high schools sport teams does not reinforce and perpetuate stereotypes because it symbolizes their culture, shows that they are ready to play, and appreciates their coexistence.
Teams at any level of competition, in every sport, have a mascot. The mascot is essentially what represents the competitive spirt and identifies the team, motivating both fans, coaches, and players. Although, the symbol chosen as a mascot does not have an impact on number of wins nor loses. The choice of a Native American mascot continues to initiate debate and controversy among fans, alumni, and athletes today. More specifically, the debate over the controversy surround the Washington Redskin football team.
For the past few decades there has been a debate raging in American sports culture about the use of Native American names in sports. Teams like the Washington Redskins and several other professional and college teams have been criticized for using Native American names as mascots and team names. Some people criticize the names and say that it’s offensive and demeaning and should be changed. Others say that the names honor Native American heritage have been a team tradition for many years and should not be changed. Sports teams should not use Native American names as trademarks or mascots because they promote negative stereotypes of Native Americans in society.
In 1947 the Cleveland Indians introduced the Chief Wahoo logo for their uniforms. In the beginning of the logos days, it was seen as very offensive due to its yellow face and large nose. Many Native Americans were upset with the baseball teams decision to create such a disrespectful logo to represent the Cleveland Indians. Eventually the organization realized its fault and recreated the Chief Wahoo logo. They made the nose smaller and revealed the red faced caricature we have today.
a. What happened? Sarah Adams-Cornell and Jacqueline Holder, Chair Person of Parental Invovolment of Oklahoma City Schools, addressed McLoud to change their mascot name due to the negative effect it might have on their Native American Students. Mcloud acknowledged the issue and after seeing support from the local community and a local native american tribe, it was decided that would keep the name the Redskins. b. What was the ruling/decesion?
Goodbye to Racial Mascots: California Bans the Use of “Redskins” in Public Schools Oct. 11 marks the victory of a statewide movement to prevent a racial slur from public use. On that day, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the ban on using “Redskins” as team names or mascots in public schools. The bill was well received by the majority, and many expected that this would set a good example for other states and the next generation. Without a doubt, the term in question — referring to the brutal crimes that British colonizers had done to Native Americans — is a racial slur that many Native Americans have long found offensive. However, when it comes to something as prestigious as the Washington football team or as intimate as a tradition of Amherst College.
The author talks about how Indian mascots and logos perpetuate racism in schools. This relates to the Big Picture Question as those Indian logos and mascots put a stereotype on the people that go to that school. They may be called names that are specifically called to natives only. This all would go towards racism being implemented towards those kids and them being treated as different. I would answer the question the same way that the author did.
When naming the new high school you should take into consideration the name Eastwood High. The mascot should be a wild cat because of their fierce nature. A wild cat as the mascot would show opponents that we are not here to mess around and that we mean business as a school. Mascots are important for the students and the community because a mascot is a way to show pride. The students will want a powerful mascot so be proud of and wear the school logo with the wild cat in it.
The NFL is full of rivalries. Every year teams shed blood, sweat and tears against their most bitter rivals. Aaron Rodgers and Eddie Lacy against Jay Cutler and Matt Forte are big names that carry on the epic rivalry between the Green bay Packers and the Chicago Bears. This is the longest running rivalry in the NFL. It 's practically the Yankees and Red Sox of football.
Do you think the name Redskins has a positive or negative impact? The Washington Redskins has had its football team name for 81 years. There’s a disagreement going on with the name because people say that this name is very racist towards Native Americans. Native Americans are rarely recognized these days but since they have been aligned with the NFL, there are many schools, groups, and organizations named after this team. Washington Redskins fans, including many Native Americans are okay with the football team name “Redskins”.
When people talk about mascots being named after Indian cultures they think that the Indians being recognized should feel honored. However, when that team plays their rival the other fans are taught to hate those people causing them to hear hateful and degrading comments throughout their lives. “If it’s the team’s tradition, then it’s a legacy of bigotry.” (Wulf). People don’t show respect for Native Americans they use them to create a profit.
In many major league sports such as the NFL and the MLB use Native Americans as Mascot. One of the teams in the NFL and MLB have been using Native Americans mascot for decades, and many people and organizations have tried to bring the controversy to light, but have been ignored. This controversy has been happening in some schools in the United States as well as in Canada, and it still continues. The well-known team that uses Native American mascot is by the Washington redskins in the NFL. The Native American see the term “Redskins” as a very offensive word and racist.