Racism for Riches

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Racism for Riches

Teyanna Kaibetoney, Arts and Entertainment Editor

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Mascots and logos for sports teams are usually a way to show pride and excitement for the team, but that isn’t always the case. Mascots or logos can range from animals, to characters, to mythical creatures, to Native Americans.

Teams that use Native Americans as their mascot or in some form of identification include the Chicago Blackhawks, the Washington Redskins, the Cleveland Indians, and many more. To some it may not be offensive, but to others, it’s racist. The depiction of a Native American as a mascot is a racist stereotype. Take the Cleveland Indians, Chief Wahoo for example. With red skin and a feather enfolded in his hair, he does not honor Native Americans. These mascots are prime examples of today’s racism toward Native Americans that usually goes unnoticed. This mascot was taken off uniforms at the beginning of 2018, however, the team continues to be known as the Cleveland Indians.

The “Washington Redskins” is one of the most racist names for a sports team, yet team owners and even the NFL refuse to change it. According to the Webster’s Dictionary, the term redskin is defined as, “Old Slang: Disparaging and offensive. A contemptuous term used to refer to a North American Indian.” The term redskin is racist and degrading toward Native Americans and shoves a distasteful stereotype onto us. The NFL and the owners of The Redskins are using racism towards indigenous peoples for profit.

It’s discouraging to see people wear the stereotypes of my people whether its a logo or mascot. It’s not honouring us. It’s erasing us and our history.