The government told them with actions that the young men could fight for the country, but not obtain citizenship from that action. The government lied to the Native Americans once again, making their trust lost in Americans. A bill was passed to include Indians and aliens to be drafted. Native Americans are alive, they deserve to have equal rights. But, “everything”, still was not presented to them.
When America was discovered and colonized, the indigenous peoples faced real hardships. Americans disliked anything that wasn’t European culture so they tried to eliminate tribal identities and assimilate the Native Americans into their culture. They outlawed certain Indian rituals such as the Ghost Dance and forced Indian children to speak English instead of their native languages. The constitution did not outline specific details for relations with Natives, so as America grew older, the government was left to deal with the Indians however they pleased.
Colin Kaepernick 's right to protest is not being used in the most effective manner it could be. He is kneeling during the National Anthem, which is highly disrespectful to the men and women who risk their lives to give him his right to protest. He is protesting minorities are under siege in the United States and are not granted the same opportunities as non-minority groups. The recent police shootings on African Americans specifically is Kaepernick 's main protest against. All U.S. citizens are effected by this protest because it is so controversial, it could start a race war on a National Level that can be prevented.
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.”
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.
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.
“Our true nationality is mankind.” (HG Wells) The Washington Redskins are a football team. Their name is controversial because some people believe that it’s racist towards Native Americans, while others believe that the name should be left alone. Although it’s true that about 20% of Native Americans find the name racist, the other 80% of Native Americans don’t think it’s racist at all.
President Jackson in his message shows how he hates the Indians by calling them “savages” and does not like how they are different from the European-American people. Also he is contradicting himself because the Indians did attempt to civilize themselves the way that the European- American’s wanted and denied and ignored their
Wulf acknowledges that it is inappropriate for teams to continue to use mascots that appropriate another culture. Not only is this rude it 's inconsiderate to those who have to live with the nicknames given to those mascots. Wulf argues that “Racist and derogatory team names have real and harmful effects on [American Indian/Alaska Native] people every day, particularly young people.”(Wulf).
Many of the tribes tried to stay neutral during the quarrels of the white people, since either way the war ended, the same result would ensue: they would lose more of their land to the white people. “Eventually, most of Indian tribes sided with the British.” The Indians were not unlike the American patriots; they were fighting for their own freedom as well. Indians saw the Americans as a worse threat to their way of life than a king across a great ocean. (Calloway)
The Washington D.C football team has started a controversy with many people that are from the American Indian background. The “indian” sports mascot, logos, or symbols show an image of the Native American people that is not true. To some this may concerning, but to others this is no big deal. I think that this is something that people and teams should care or think about.
The Redskins, an American Football Team, needs to change their name. For years, many Native Americans have complained of the Redskins’ name being racist towards them. They say it does not hold honor to them, it instead reduces them to their skin color and how the pilgrims saw them as. The oppression that this nation has put their culture and people through must be addressed. In 1858, the government had directly taken the reserves given to the Native Americans for resources the nation had wanted.
People of color who grow up in America believe that their race/culture is not important because they are ashamed of there culture. People of color try to hide who they really are to fit into other races. This relates to me, because I am arabic and not a lot of people like arabs because they think i am a terrorist and i am going to bomb them. Growing up in America as a boy of another race I sometimes feel I like i want to change my race and i feel ashamed that feel that way about my race/culture.
There are many sports mascots today that are being accused of being offensive. Smithville is a school that is being questioned as being offensive. Smithville schools have had the mascot of a warrior for about half a century. However, now people are thinking that the use of a warrior as a school mascot is offensive to Native Americans. This is a recent problem that is just now being discussed.
The Indian mascot was originally designed to render tribute to Native Americans, not as a racial symbol. In the past forty years, changing the name backfired, and citizens began taking offense to the name because they felt like the name represented the color of Native American’s skin. Nevertheless, many fans, including Native Americans, do not consider the name or the mascot to be degrading or racial. Fans of the Washington Redskins participated in a poll that reveals, “77 percent reject changing the name” while in another poll “71 percent of NFL fans did not find the Redskins name offensive” (Lingebach 2). Clearly, from the results of the two polls, many fans would be unhappy if the Redskins’ name were to be changed.