The Use Of Native American Imagery And Mascots Be Banned For All Professional And College Sports Teams

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Should the use of Native American imagery and mascots be banned for all professional and college sports teams? More and more in todays world we hear about a group of people coming together and boycotting a sports team mascot, because it’s some type of Indian reference that is found offensive. A few examples of sports teams with Indian references in the recent past have been the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL), The Florida State Seminoles of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and The Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball (MLB). Ten years ago having an Indian mascot on a sports team wasn’t a mainstream issue, rather just a criticism by some. It wasn’t until recently some people have become so against these types of mascots depicting Indian culture in the wrong way. Enough criticism has built up that there have been rallies, sit-ins, and boycotts at colleges and high schools across the United States. Native American mascots and imagery should not be banned for professional and college sports teams, because by removing the team mascots it is essentially attacking the school and the team’s traditions as well as funding for the University. Also I believe the Native American tribes are not being discredited, but honored and respected by the mascots. Finally, by keeping Native American mascots, schools can incorporate proper education and informative information regarding Native American History. By removing the nickname of a sports…

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