The National Congress of American Indians has recently come out with a hard-hitting poster framing the context of how degrading, insulting and racist using Native American images such as that of the Cleveland Indians and the Washington Redskins really is.
Just last week, President Obama weighed in on the controversy saying that he would personally suggest changing the name of the Washington Redskins.
Joanna Schroeder, writing for the Good Men Project, poignantly notes that, “If you wouldn’t wear a New York Jews or San Francisco Chinamen hat, you shouldn’t encourage sports teams to use Native images, names or iconography.”
Perhaps it is the fact that so many Americans interact with so very few Native Americans that leaves the masses with the impression that “no one really minds” or is offended. When other cultures are framed in such insulting, and stereotypical images, it becomes clear that no self-respecting member of such groups could, would or should take this without protest or offense.
(Article by Ari Simeon; image via NCAI)