Bill would require Illinois K-12 schools drop Native American mascots

Washington Redskins name controversy

Following the February 2013 symposium "Racist Stereotypes and Cultural Appropriation in American Sports" at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, 10 members of Congress sent a letter to the Redskins' owner and the NFL Commissioner requesting that the name be changed since it is offensive to Native Americans. In response, Daniel Snyder told USA Today: "We'll never change the name. ... It's that simple. NEVER—you can use caps."[137] Snyder addressed an open letter to fans that was published in The Washington Post on October 9, 2013; in which he stated that the most important meaning of the name is the association that fans have with memories of their personal history with the team. Snyder also states that the name was chosen in 1933 to honor Native Americans in general and the coach and four players at that time who were Native American; and that in 1971 coach George Allen consulted with the Red Cloud Indian Fund on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation when designing the logo.[138] In 2013, the Red Cloud Athletic Fund sent a letter to the Washington Post stating that "As an organization, Red Cloud Indian School has never—and will never—endorse the use of the name 'Redskins'. Like many Native American organizations across the country, members of our staff and extended community find the name offensive."
Most of the fans I know still call them the Skins
 
SPRINGFIELD (WGEM) - Illinois lawmakers unveiled legislation that may require high schools to adopt new mascots.

A bill would require public K-12 schools with names, logos or mascots containing Native American tribes or aspects of Native American culture to change them. It’s sponsored by state Rep. Maurice West, D-Rockford.

“The presence of native mascots, logos and names harm native children. They harm native children,” said Megan Bang, director of Northwestern University’s Center for Native American and Indigenous Research.

She said research shows mascot names like Warriors, Indians and Braves hurt Native American kids.


One step closer to decolonization. Long overdue
I wonder exactly HOW mascots like Warriors, Indians, Braves hurt Native American kids?
 
Indians don't vote.
What? That isn't true. On the other hand:

How the Native American Vote Continues to be Suppressed

The right to vote has been an uphill battle for Native Americans. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 helped to secure and protect that right for many Native Americans and Alaska Natives. With the Voting Rights Act, voter participation among Native Americans increased. However, the Supreme Court invalidated the Section 5 preclearance formula in 2013 (Shelby County v. Holder, 570 U.S. 529 (2013)), removing one of the most powerful tools to ensure equal access to the ballot, including Alaska and Arizona, and two jurisdictions in South Dakota with significant Native American and Alaska Native populations. Since the Shelby County decision, efforts to suppress the vote have increased. For Native Americans, these voter suppression efforts can and do have devastating impacts.
 
SPRINGFIELD (WGEM) - Illinois lawmakers unveiled legislation that may require high schools to adopt new mascots.

A bill would require public K-12 schools with names, logos or mascots containing Native American tribes or aspects of Native American culture to change them. It’s sponsored by state Rep. Maurice West, D-Rockford.

“The presence of native mascots, logos and names harm native children. They harm native children,” said Megan Bang, director of Northwestern University’s Center for Native American and Indigenous Research.

She said research shows mascot names like Warriors, Indians and Braves hurt Native American kids.


One step closer to decolonization. Long overdue

Bring back the Chief!!!!
 
SPRINGFIELD (WGEM) - Illinois lawmakers unveiled legislation that may require high schools to adopt new mascots.

A bill would require public K-12 schools with names, logos or mascots containing Native American tribes or aspects of Native American culture to change them. It’s sponsored by state Rep. Maurice West, D-Rockford.

“The presence of native mascots, logos and names harm native children. They harm native children,” said Megan Bang, director of Northwestern University’s Center for Native American and Indigenous Research.

She said research shows mascot names like Warriors, Indians and Braves hurt Native American kids.


One step closer to decolonization. Long overdue
Doesn't go far enough. Any mention of Native American tribes or aspects of Native American culture needs to be stricken from the public discourse.
 
Doesn't go far enough. Any mention of Native American tribes or aspects of Native American culture needs to be stricken from the public discourse.
That presupposes that the use of such nicknames, mascots, ect. really is harmful in all or most cases (or any case for that matter). Can you provide any support for that?
 
That presupposes that the use of such nicknames, mascots, ect. really is harmful in all or most cases (or any case for that matter). Can you provide any support for that?
Proof, smoof. They want their culture stricken from the public discourse, who are we to object. I think we need to close all their casinos too. Exploitive of their tribes.
 
They’re not native Americans. That’s a misnomer. They’re indigenous savages. I’m a Native American as I was born in and lived my entire life in America and I have no lineage connecting me to any indigenous tribes.
Fuck the democrat party in the ass with a hot poker and a dead gerbil.
Anyone born in America is a native American.
 

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