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Should schools with American Indian mascots change their team names?

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“No, I don’t think so. I don’t think anyone associates team names with negative or positive connotations.”

“No, because a lot of times, I think, they’re not making fun of their heritage, it’s just their own mascot.”

“It depends on how the local tribes feel about it and if the symbol is derogatory.”

“Yes, because it’s not that big of a deal and they might as well change them and make people happy.”


bdsista 10 years, 7 months ago

yes, living the the DC area and being part Native its really is disturbing for people to not understand that team mascots are stereotypical and hurt. Most people don't know the word Redskin means the same thing as the N-word. yes you can get some random Indian to say they don't care, but then you can get Black people who use the N-word as well. But in a public context, its derogatory. The word Squaw in some languages means "uterus" which is why some female teams dropped its use after they found out what it meant. it is a big deal and most Native people find the names and images derogatory. For some background go to members of the board of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian have addressed the need to eliminate Indian mascots and team names. I think that says enough.

jonas 10 years, 7 months ago

I think they should look at the public reaction and decide themselves.

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