Removing Native American Mascots is an Issue of Dignity

Removing Native American Mascots is an Issue of Dignity


An opinion piece posted August 25 on the Los Angeles Times website by Jack Shakely, the Muscogee/Creek president emeritus of the California Community Foundation, says that doing away with Native American mascots is the "right thing to do."

His story starts when he was 10 years old and took a trip to a Cleveland Indians-New York Yankees game in the 1950s. When he came home with an Indians cap with the Chief Wahoo logo on it, his mother felt betrayed.

"When we got back to Oklahoma, my mother took one look at the cap with its leering, big-nosed, buck-toothed redskin caricature just above the brim, jerked it off my head and threw it in the trash. She had been fighting against Indian stereotypes all her life, and I had just worn one home. I was only 10 years old, but the look of betrayal in my Creek mother's eyes is seared in my memory forever," he writes.

Throughout the piece, Shakely mentions a number of mascots that have been thrown out and some more that should be. He says this is an issue of dignity and respect because many of the mascots act like "fools or savage cutthroats."

To read this full article, visit the Los Angeles Times website.

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Submitted by deijwippel on
I don't find the names offensive the often the depiction IS what's offensive. The picture that is used as the logo may be what's really stupid. I think it's too late and not worth the fight, Indians should have more important things to fight about with the United States than a mascot. Have your opinion but it's a moot point unless ALL tribes and EACH AND EVERY Indian wants to join in on this fight and unfortunately not all agree so let it go. Our people will stand together when it comes to something worth fighting for.

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