Controversial Mascots Should Not Be Banned Essay

1297 Words Feb 17th, 2016 6 Pages
It is 2016; many view this as a time nearly free of discrimination. Sure, we have come a long way, but not far enough. Americans love to go home and watch the big game and cheer on their favorite team. Fans go all out to show their support for their favorite players: Team logos are plastered nearly everywhere. It is time to step back and think about what the name of the team, which fans have been shouting at the top of their lungs, really means. Many names are insensitive to the group they are supposed to be representing, using stereotypes to show team spirit. There are people behind that name; their complexity cannot be properly presented in a halftime show. There is no excuse to dehumanize population. Controversial mascots need to be banned, with enough support. Native Americans are often stereotyped to be used as mascots. The team who’s name has been most prevalent in the news lately is the NFL’s Washington Redskins; redskins is categorized as a racial slur. Many Atlanta Braves fans are pushing to put an end to their mascot controversy. “A grass-roots movement inspired by Brown gained momentum on social media over the weekend as thousands using the hashtag #DeChief called on the Cleveland team to retire Chief Wahoo — and on Nike to stop producing merchandise with that logo.” (Brady). The University of North Dakota, formerly know as the fighting Sioux dropped their mascot to be more politically correct. They are now only referred to by their school name. “The University…

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