Sports team names such as the Cleveland Indians and the Washington Redskins are extremely offensive to Native Americans, even though many people don’t realize it. In the novel, the reservation school is called the Wellpinit Redskins which was likely named by white people, regardless of how offensive it is. Adding on to that, Junior’s new, predominantly white school also has an offensive mascot: the Reardan Indians. According to John TH, a Native American equality activist, “Mainstream America just doesn’t get it. Announcers on TV regularly say out loud the word ‘red****ns’ as if it is nothing, when in fact, the word is every bit as toxic to us as n****r is to African Americans.” If this is the really the case, then why do we still use these offensive team mascots?
There has been a great controversy over whether or not schools and teams keep their Mascots that portray images of Native Americans. Articles in newspapers, websites, and magazines discussing the topic are provided to the public. There is even a press release from the supreme court where they have addressed such issue. Schools, teams, and Native Americans have viewed these documents and taken their own stand on the issue. I am going to decide whether or not cities/teams should get rid of their Native American mascots/nicknames.
Exposing students to the real Whitewashing of American history impacts the lives of minorities and Native Americans. “Samantha Manchac is concerned about the new materials.” (lsensee 2015). History books aren’t showing the reality of things to students. History books want to hide what white people did to Africans, Native Americans and other ethnicities. “It’s an attempt to whitewash history.” (Isensee 2015).
While people believe kneeling during the National Anthem is disrespecting the country 's ideals, I believe kneeling during the National Anthem is not disrespectful. The United States is not living up to its ideals of freedom, liberty, and justice for all no matter their race. Athletes are bringing awareness by a peaceful protest, which is protected under the first amendment for those who are oppressed. My cousin, a veteran, has also influenced my view on this situation. Seeing my own family member put their life in danger to save millions of others does not add up to someone kneeling on the sideline during the National Anthem.
Horace Miner, a American Anthropologist wrote an academic essay titled “Body Ritual Among the Nacirema.” In this article Miner described some of the bizarre rituals and practices of the “Nacirema” which the reader comes to find out that he is talking about North Americans. The way Miner goes into detail about how these people live makes them seem foreign. Thus making the norm for an American lifestyle seem odd because the certain type of lingo Miner uses to make this “tribe” more exotic then the actually are. His point in doing this is to show the reader how obnoxious anthropologist can be when they are explain a different culture. As a western civilization we are guilty of making other cultures seem strange and unrelatable by describing their culture in an exuberant way.
The issue of the Native American mascots used by sports teams such as baseball, football and hockey in the United States were first brought up by Native American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960’s. The movement had protested the use of Native American related references in two teams in particular, the Cleveland Indians and Washington Redskins. The Cleveland Indians had used Chief Wahoo as their sports logo, whereas the Washington’s use of “Redskins” as their team name is still, to this day, controversial due to the nature of the name as a derogatory slang (King, 2010.) It is unclear how or why such names were picked out as sports teams’ names and mascot or logo, but it is seen that European Americans in the 19th century has started the ‘trend’ of doing so. Fraternal organizations as well as institutions had adopted words or materials belonging to the culture of the Native American peoples, which undoubtedly allowed us to conclude the origins of many nicknames, mascots and symbols of present day sports teams’ names.
The film, Reel Injun reveals a distortion of the way Hollywood sees Native American life through comedy and the real way Native Americans live which changes according to the current times. Neil Diamond sets out on a journey across America to figure out where the incorrect image of Natives arose from, all signs pointing towards Hollywood. Dozens of films recreate the way Americans believe Natives live as savages and wear costumes and decorated headpieces with feathers, but Hollywood does not show the true spiritual side and the meaning of why they live the way they do as true to their own culture and assimilated to the American culture as well. US history negatively affects Native American live which lead to the image of Natives to be clouded by imagination through film, changed the way Natives viewed themselves and expect to live, and misshaped the view we now have for Natives. Over the course of the film, clips of many western movies play which show parts of Native Americans shown as the enemies of the Americans.
Coates says “One aim of the American policy, historically, has been to insure that the “right people” are rarely black.” He goes on to talk about how the President has said about the Native American culture to tell us Blacks and Native Americans should be more like Jews and Asian Americans that don’t complain as much, but Coates goes to say how could you say such a thing about how those other races can speak on such an issue when they haven’t been persecuted in America like the African American race has endured slavery with countless years and the wrath of white supremacists using fences to keep the community separated. White people created rules for the Cherokee Nation when they invaded their land for them to be acceptable to them and the be apart of their culture they had to abide by their terms. The Cherokee embraced the west culture and even integrated some of the western culture. Moreover as coates says “The wolf has never much cared whether the sheep were cultured or
Racism is a problem that people of every race around the world still faces today. In the film adaptation of The Help and the text version of Lorraine Hansberry's “A Raisin in The Sun”, racial discrimination is a major theme explored. Racial discrimination is a major theme that both sources portray. There are laws that make discrimination illegal in The United States but it people still suffer from it, however, The Help and “A Raisin if The Sun” portray more ways in which this problem can be eliminated through resistance, getting support from the oppressors, and showing the intimidators their behaviors and attitudes. The Help focuses on the story of a upper class writer that tries to find her social identity as well as others.
The use of Native American names and mascots are ways of exploiting, dishonoring, and defamation of the Native American culture. Therefore, all sports teamsbut particularly schools should discontinue their use of any Native American names or Mascots to represent their teams. The use of Native American Culture is one of the ways in which the owners and executives of these teams are employing mascots. When talking about schools versus teams revenue is different. Schools don’t marginalize over the use of mascots on such a wide scale as professional teams.
Not only is what they 're doing offensive it’s also disrespecting to the history of Native Americans. They have been suppressed for years and now with the Washington Football team name it causes the Native American people to be upset EVIDENCE: Racism and racial discrimination are attitudes and behavior that are learned and threaten human development. Which means that people should be taking proactive steps to prevent intolerant or racist acts. Indian mascots, symbols, images, and personalities establish an unwelcome hostile learning environment for American Indian Students. School systems that show negative images of American Indians give of a negative impact on the self esteem of the American Indian students.
They do not view this as honorable, it is seen as their name being worn as a costume. The cultural appropriation that comes along with these mascots lead to the stereotypes being seen as a reality. So many Native Americans are now fighting for this, they have created a twitter campaign to spread awareness to this. The term “redskins” comes off as racist; it is basing them off of their skin tone and color. Many people who argue that the team name should remain are the same ones who say they do not see your “color of skin”.
She focused more on the cultural offenses of using Native Americans as mascots. She commented, “I think it is offensive to their culture to use them as a mascot.” I was glad someone mentioned the cultural aspect, but there is a deep religious significance to the “props” that people wear to the games. In his book Fair and Foul, Stanley Eitzen discusses how using this is harmful: “The word Indian isn’t offensive . . .
When one thinks of racism, our minds thinks of African Americans or Hispanics and their history of being victims of racial hate in the past and today. We rarely even consider that Native American tribes of today if whether they experience the same type of racial and cultural hate. Living conditions on the reservations have been comparable to that of a third world nation. It is irrational to efficiently explain the many concerns that have added to the trials and tribulations that Native America faces today. The following evidences about the highest pressing matters of economics, health, and shelter gives a clue to what life was like for many of the first Americans.
Even though the media displayed false information about the 1957 integration of Little Rock Central High School it changed peoples views on segregation. In A Mighty Long Way Little Rock, Arkansas nine African American students wanted to go to a well educated high school but they do not understand why so many people are angered that they are just getting a better education. During the integration of Little Rock Central High School in 1957, the media illuminated certain events and painted an inaccurate or incomplete picture of other events. The media illuminates many important events that show how racist white people are treating black people and showing people in the North who are against segregation and support integration. The media is illuminating racial relations in the South and they are showing how people in the North are being treated.