Importance Of Mascots In Sports

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Eliana Ritt

Honorable or Heinous?

Honorable, historical, and humble: these are all words that can be used to describe the Native Americans and their rich and fascinating culture. When we talk about Native Americans, we often talk about their struggles throughout history. Recently, there has been a new struggle with the Native Americans involving controversy of whether or not the mascots used for sports teams are offensive. Emotions and opinions tend to influence mankind more than reason, but throughout all of the attention covering this social issue, it is clear that the Native American mascots in the sports industry are offensive.

Throughout all of the atrocities and hardships that were brought upon the Native Americans during history,
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Many people think that culture should be kept out of sports because of the things that fans do in order to make it offensive. In 1830, the seventh President of the United States, Andrew Jackson, signed the Indian Removal Act into effect. This law basically granted Jackson the power to take the land away from the tribes living east of the Mississippi. The five major tribes that were effected were the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Seminole. Jackson forced thousands from the Cherokee tribe from their native homeland to relocate and march west. This long journey is known as the Trail of Tears. An estimated 4,000 Cherokee died on this harsh journey; many starved, froze, or died due to illness. This event marks one of many in American history where the Native Americans were mistreated and taken advantage …show more content…
Not all mascots are offensive, but the ignorant few that make it offensive and derogatory, ruin it for everyone. It 's better to leave culture and race out of sports mascots, because people always end up getting hurt. When we talk about the Native Americans we often talk about their struggles throughout history. Many groups of people, including the Native Americans are fighting a battle for equality. If they can fight to remove the mascots, everyone would be one step closer to equality. Now they 're fighting a battle, one that could 've been prevented in the first place. In the past, Native Americans have fought long, hard battles to have their voices heard. Now they’re fighting an even harder battle for equality. When the majority of a group is offended by something, that should be a sign for change. The future holds change, but only for those that are strong enough to fight for what they want, which is

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