Students 13 and older are invited to comment below. Please use only your first name. According to N. This was quickly deemed extremely inappropriate, just as the use of any race in a nickname should. It does not show the real culture, it uses something sacred to make money, and it even promotes racism.
How to cite this page Choose cite format:. It can also bring together the school and the tribe, if the name is tribal based, but if not it still could reach out to the Native Americans in the area and help them become closer with the school or organization. If a school would choose to use a mascot that has any relation to Native Americans it would be out of respect and want to promote some of the cultural significances the Native Americans practice.
A school would never pick a mascot to mock the school, for it would just look bad on the school. The Native American mascots are used to show respect to the tribes and to promote the culture of the tribe and people.
This data further showed the truth behind a similar study done by Sports Illustrated. The University of Illinois fell victim to the NCAA and their ruling when the university had to retire their mascot, Chief Illiniwek, because he was deemed racist towards the Native Americans in the area.
It was unfortunate because the school was using the mascot to show courage and strength as well as respecting and promoting the culture of the tribe. Many of the Native Americans related to this mascot, Chief Illiniwek and the team, the Fighting Illini, felt that the ceremonial dance it preformed was racist and mocking them.
The University described the dance only to be done out of respect and wanting to come together with the tribe. The only issue is their mascot: Lord Jeff. Lord Jeffrey Amherst was a prominent British officer in the mid to late 18th century and because of his impressive military strategies and ties to colonial history has many towns and schools in New England named after him. Amherst College is the only institution to adopt him as an unofficial mascot.
One thing we do not pay much attention to is the way the Native Americans feel due to this. They obviously are not okay with the idea of them being used through logos and mascots and has caused a negative self-esteem effect on Native Americans. Native Americans are being dehumanized and misconceived through these images being put out to the audience. These teams have received a lot of media attention around the debate on if the representation of Native Americans is offensive or not.
Controversy surrounding Native American mascots first came into the public eye during the s Native American Civil Rights movement, where the use of these mascots was criticized for being insulting.
In , the NCAA ordered the University of North Dakota to change their mascot, the Fighting Sioux, in a sanction that called for the removal of mascots with tribal logos that were deemed hostile and abusive. Since then, UND has fought this, arguing that it is the right of the University to maintain their mascot.
Amicus submits this brief in the hopes to convince the Court that the usage of Native Americans as mascots perpetuates harmful stereotypes that Should The Washington Redskins Be Allowed? Keep Their Mascot Name?
Introduction: Over time the controversy on the Redskins name in the National Football League has been debated. Recently, the argument has been revamped with even congress stepping into the debate about the historic name. The topic does not just affect the Redskins though but the 2, other teams with a mascot with Native American association. It is the mascot that represents the competitive spirit and team identity, motivating players and fans alike.
Does the symbol chosen as a mascot have any impact on whether a team wins or loses? But the choice of a Native American mascot continues to ignite debate and controversy among athletes, fans and alumni, as well as those people who might otherwise be disinterested in sports.
Why all the controversy? We all deserve to have the freedom to believe anything we would like to believe. Many people believe this is offensive towards the Indians. This has always been a issue since , when Stanford University changed from the Indians to the Cardinal. But nicknames for these organizations are often used without being affiliated with a Native Nation, like the Redskins, Chiefs, Warriors, Tribe, and Indians.
The Cleveland Indian logo goofily stared down at me. The mascot of the Cleveland perpetuates a stereotypical image of Native Americans as a savage being tamed by settlers.
Baseball, an American institution, is guilty of disgusting racism. This blatantly racist symbol must strike an angry chord with contemporary Native Americans, whose past overflows with examples of cultural abuse.
Respect becomes a huge factor in the reasons for picking a mascot modeled after a Native American. The idea of having a Native American as a mascot seems respectful to the tribe and a way to honor the people who arrived to this country first. It is the mascot that represents the competitive spirit and team identity, motivating players and fans alike.
The mascots represent the community that the team belongs to, and that is a big role. Does your opinion change if the team in question serves a large Native American population, like Haskell Indian Nations University, or if a specific tribe gives its approval for a name, like the Seminole tribe did for the Florida State Seminoles? To begin with, it is racist and derogatory to use Native Americans as mascots.
The mascot was called Goleo VI and his friend was a talking soccer ball named Pillie. Students 13 and older are invited to comment below. But the choice of a Native American mascot continues to ignite debate and controversy among athletes, fans and alumni, as well as those people who might otherwise be disinterested in sports. It was unfortunate because the school was using the mascot to show courage and strength as well as respecting and promoting the culture of the tribe. Amherst College is the only institution to adopt him as an unofficial mascot. Native American names and symbols have long been popular for all types of American sports teams at the professional, college and high school levels.