The Negative Stereotypes Of Native Americans

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Native Americans have endured harsh and cruel punishment since the establishment of the United States of America. Native Americans were murdered, raped, stolen from and placed on a reservation. Now Native Americans have to deal with their culture being stolen as well. The country is divided on this issue. Countless Americans feel it is okay to steal another race’s culture and exploit it for financial gain. The United States census of 2010 shows that Americans Indians only make up 1.7 percent of the population in America; therefore, the majority rules in this controversy. The general public develops negative stereotypes from these mascots and names. The mascots depict Native Americans in a negative way. Several of the images are stereotypical, …show more content…
The damage that these image cause native American or long-lasting. The elimination of Indian names and mascot is the correct thing to do; however, there are many people who totally disagree with the elimination of Indian mascots. Collages, sport teams, alumni are afraid of the financial loss that may take place if their names and mascots or changed. People are attached to these names and mascots; consequently, countless American have accepted and tolerated the discriminatory practices Native Americans cope with each day in America. American society have picked money, tradition instead of dignity, respect, love and fair treatment of all …show more content…
These images have created a postcolonial attitude toward American Indians were racial slurs are okay and accepted by non-Native Americans. There is no other group in this nation that has experience discriminatory practice as the Native Americans. These practices have created psychological distress among Native American adolescents and young adults. Results of the distress is depression and substance abuse which is very high among the Native American population. Many of the young people have turned to substance abuse to cope with inadequacy and inequality treatment they receive from the predominantly white institutions in this nation. Majority of Native American children live on reservation causing a sub culture. This subculture is very different from reality. Many of the children have a very difficult time adjusting to life outside the reservation. Consequently the sub culture is contradiction to the mascots and Native American stereotypes depicted on television. As a student at Capitol Hill high School I remember the mascot doing the war dance at sporting events. Now as an adult looking back at the events

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