Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bears, Carolina Panthers, L.A. Raiders.
What do all of these have in common? Well, a couple of things actually. One, they’re all sports teams. Two, their mascots are either fictional characters or animals. (And yes cowboys are fictional now. There are no real cowboys any longer.)
This is why
I find it disgraceful that Native American people are so often used as ‘mascots’ for stupid sports teams. Native people of this country are real living, breathing, proud people. Not an animal. Not some fictional character or a historical being from a thousand years ago. They and their culture and heritage should be given the same respect as any other. It is woven into the fabric of this nations history. It courses through the veins of this country. It should, because so much of Native peoples blood was spelt on it’s grounds.
Please don’t give me the garbage that
these teams are ‘honoring’ Natives. Would I be honoring a christian if I bought a team in Houston and called them the Houston Holy Rollers? Or honoring Caucasians by forming a team in Kansas and called them the Kansas Crackers? Have a big mascot come out in jeans, a white tank top with a John Deer hat drinking a beer. I’m honoring you crackers. Not to mention the uproar that would be caused by having a mascot depicting African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Jews, Muslims, or Gays in a stereotypical and negative light. If it can’t be done to any other race, culture, religion, or person it can not, should not, and will not be tolerated when it comes to the Indigenous people of the supposed free melting pot called the United States of America.
Please take a few minutes to watch this wonderful video below.