American Style And Resistance For Change : Art Education And The Indian Mascot Issue

995 Words Nov 8th, 2016 4 Pages
In the article “Racism American Style and Resistance to Change: Art Education’s Role in the Indian Mascot Issue,” art educator Elizabeth M. Delacruz attempts to find an explanation for the popularity of Indian mascots by selecting cases and examining the history of the issue. She states 1500 public schools in the United States use Indian mascots. While these schools continue to represent their mascots, the disturbing past of public schools’ early development of the Indian mascots hides behind closed doors. In the 1920s, Indian mascots were developed by White schools in conjunction with practices emanating from Indian Boarding Schools. Children were removed from their homes and incarcerated into American schools to learn American culture. In reality, the boarding schools forced Native American children to disown their culture, rituals, and language. Children experienced the unimaginable while being “crowded into sub-human conditions that included disease-ridden facilities, and the staff sexually molested them.” This shows the environment Indian mascots were created in and the support it is receiving from schools who still participate in representing Indian mascots. Moreover, Delacruz discloses the acts that lead up to Indian mascots. She says Native American children were universally named and trained as mascot Indians to support their school’s sports. In the 1910s, there was a pattern of White schools having animal mascots. As new White schools formed, they adopted the…

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