By C. Richard King Washington State University
Activities mascots were a convention for many years. in addition to the standard lions and tigers, many faculties are represented via local American pictures. as soon as thought of a benign perform, various reports have proved simply the other: that using local American mascots in academic associations has perpetuated a shameful heritage of racial insensitivity. The local American Mascot Controversy presents an summary of the problems which have been linked to this subject for the earlier forty years. The publication offers a complete and demanding account of the problems surrounding the debate, explicating the significance of anti-Indian racism in schooling and the way it would be challenged. a suite of vital basic files and an in depth checklist of assets for additional examine also are incorporated. Expounding the risks and damages linked to their endured use, The local American Mascot Controversy is an invaluable consultant for a person with an curiosity in race family members.
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What a bizarre suggestion, they said. Everyone knows freshman is an inclusive term that means first-year students, male and female. How could anyone bring up such a silly point? I pointed out that to change the term was cost free—all we had to do was switch one term for another. No, they said— there’s a tradition at stake, and besides, “first-year student” is clumsy. ” I asked. Yes, many of them did care, quite passionately. Looking back, I don’t think it was a question of tradition or the aesthetics of the terms.
MacPhie, R. P. (1991, October 25). This “real live Indian” offended by chop. Star Tribune, p. 19A. Ode, I. (1992, January 23). Bellecourt’s new AIM. Star Tribune, pp. lE–2E. Rosenstein, J. (Producer). (1996). In whose honor? American Indian mascots in sports. (Video). Shepard, B. (1991, October 26). Letter to the editor. Star Tribune, p. 14A. Sigelman, L. (1998). Hail to the Redskins? Public reactions to a racially insensitive team name. Sociology of Sport Journal, 15(4): 317–325. Smith, D. (1991, November 15).
Through Act 31, all schools are required to provide education (in the classroom, not on the basketball court) about Wisconsin’s Woodland Indians. Many schools have adopted strategic plans emphasizing cultural sensitivity and awareness. These measures should establish considerable common ground between Indian people requesting the removal of the logos and the public schools. Until the logos are removed, however, they are no more than broken promises and hollow, hypocritical rhetoric. 3 Native Americans as Sports Mascots Sharon Pray Muir Using “Indians” as mascots for sports teams is opposed by most Native Americans, yet the tradition is often enthusiastically supported by European Americans.