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    Native American Mascot Controversy Since the 1960s, the Native American mascot controversy has been a prominent debate. To many indigenous communities, the usage of their cultural depictions in high school, college, or at professional level, some sports teams’ choice of mascots are offensive. Others disagree, noting that it stands as a symbol of pride for their establishment and insist they have the right to keep it that way. The National Collegiate Athletic Association-the group who regulates college sports-is still determining whether or not certain usages are appropriate and banning those who are not. The only exception of being exempt to the rule is when the school maintains ties with the tribal name they use (Wulf). While there are many…

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    A mascot can be a person, animal, or object and it is there to bring good luck to the sports team and also used for merchandising. The mascot and team name controversy came about because of sports teams using Native American names and symbols for their mascots and team names (Wulf, 2014). During a football game, Indian dress, songs and chants, dance and sacred traditions were used. There are two conflicting viewpoints surrounding the controversy. One viewpoint believes that keeping Native…

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    The controversy of whether or not offensive Native American mascots and sports team names should be changed has been up for debate for a few years now. The sides are mostly the same: those who want to keep the names and mascots and those who believe the names and mascots are offensive and should be changed. However, Hayley Munguia in her article for FiveThirtyEightSports, “The 2,128 Native American Mascots People Aren’t Talking About,” shows readers that there are more than those two…

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    Mascots have caused much controversy dating back to the 20th century. The mascot causing the most controversy is the Native American. Other mascots such as Arabians, Irish, and African Americans to name a few also have issues with being derogatory and racist. There are two sides to the story: the side who think it’s honoring the minority races in America while others thinks it’s racist and dishonoring. The controversy of mascots seems to be a never ending battle that could very easily be argued…

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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…

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    Indian Mascots- You’re Out! The article “Indian Mascots- You’re Out” written by Jack Shakley in August 2011 and published by the LA Times. Shakley argues that Indians mascots are making fools out of the race and that mascots with Indian names should be banned. The author feels like his race is being humiliated. In the article “Indian Mascots- You’re Out” the author Jack Shakley talks about his times growing during Indian stereotypes. The author wants to prove whether or not Native Americans…

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    Native American Team Names and Mascots There are many people who consider some sports team names or mascots to be offensive. They want those teams who have names or mascots that relate to Native Americans to change their name to a more proper name. Who says these names are improper, and who actually takes offense to these names? Many teams have had their names and mascots criticized for being “offensive” to Native Americans. Team names like the Washington Redskins, the Cleveland Indians, the…

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    Racism American Style and Resistance to Change: Art Education’s Role in the Indian Mascot Issue By: Elizabeth M. Delacruz According to Racism American Style and Resistance to Change: Art Education’s Role in the Indian Mascots by Elizabeth M. Delacruz says that the use of Indian Mascots it is not educational but rather discriminative. This affects the Native Americans, children, and even the community. Discrimination against people is used daily but it is how you use it that makes it effective.…

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    Disgrace In The Wrong Place Today in the United States almost 900 schools and organizations have Native American mascots, compared to the 3,000 that were around in the 1960’s. (Potenza) The battle over the Native Americans mascots being offensive has lasted over half of a century. It is considered to be highly offensive and racist, mostly because of the false image of Native Americans that is produced by teams. (Anastasia) While schools are more prone to change their names out of respect,…

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    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…

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