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Thursday, July 13, 2017


UNDER CONSTRUCTION - not a complete list

CON-Against Mascots
How to Argue Against Racist Mascots (2017)

The Washington Football Team Can Legally Keep Its Racist Name. But It Shouldn’t (2017)

CityLine: Native Americans Racist Mascots and Imagery (2017)
This site has a video and discusses the Massachusetts Bill that has been filed and Native American "consent."

The lack of education on Indigenous People's history (2017)
This site has an audio recording

Why the “Chief Wahoo” logo isn’t just a Native American problem (2017)
"Prior and during World War II, there were plenty of racist images that Americans were exposed to that depicted the Japanese as dangerous and un-trustworthy. Those images were depicted through cartoons, posters, and comics to influence people psychologically into fearing the Japanese and to develop a negative perception of them."'

During the 19th century, fictional characters like the Buck and the Pickaninny were blackface characters that were created as racist stereotypes of African-Americans. Each character had specific set of characteristics that displayed negative stereotypes about African-Americans. Those characters were used in television, cartoons, movies, and other pop culture to show that African-Americans were inferior. Native Americans are facing similar depictions in regards to “Chief Wahoo”. More importantly, the racist image of characters like “Chief Wahoo” have been studied as has having a negative impact on the social identity development and self-esteem of American Indian young people.

What's in a name? In Tewksbury, it depends who you ask (2015)
The Sun conducted an online poll asking whether Tewksbury sports should keep the Redmen name or change it. The poll received 532 responses:  * Change it: 53.9%  * Keep it: 46.1%

On Warpath over Redskins (2014)

The Pentucket Sachem? (2013)

PRO-Mixed Mascot
Among Mass. Natives, Mascot Issue Reveals A Mix Of Pride And Pain (2017)
This site included a map of schools with "names."  The older powwow attendees agree: The mascots don't offend them if they're presented respectfully.

"Maybe it didn't damage us — maybe we came to understand our identity as more of an adult with an adult brain. But the research is clear about how damaging these are" to young people, Fox Tree says. What's more, Fox Tree says, the images force a paradoxical invisibility on natives like her — many Americans know the cartoon mascots better than the real people they represent.