Presentation on theme: "Native Mascot Images in Sports. Problems: 1. The dominant group is using a subordinate group’s ethnicity for their own entertainment. 2. Images negatively."— Presentation transcript:
Native Mascot Images in Sports
Problems: 1. The dominant group is using a subordinate group’s ethnicity for their own entertainment. 2. Images negatively misrepresent an entire race of people in mainstream media.
The Problem is Widespread Eight of the ten most common nicknames for college sports teams are animals. 1. Eagles 2. Tigers 3. Cougars 4. Bulldogs 5. Warriors 6. Lions 7. Panthers 8. Indians 9. Wildcats 10. Bears
Symbolic Meanings Attached to Racist Images in Sports
Symbolism #1 These images are Acceptable Everywhere
Symbolism #2 People Don’t See the Difference
Example Q. What's wrong with Indian mascots? They honor Indians... don't they? A. Would you paint your face black, wear an afro wig and prance around the football field trying to imitate your perceptions of black people?
Symbolism #3 Historical Meaning The word Redskin derived from the practice of skinning Indians for easy transport when collecting bounty.
Example of Historical Meaning: "Chief Osceola" was killed under a flag of truce. His severed head was then kept in a medical museum for 30 years. To native people the logo of FSU is seen as a present day representation of that severed head.
Sociological Effects Caused by Images
Effect #1 Sociological Meanings of Images Distorts Native American children's' cultural perceptions of themselves. Shapes non-Indian attitudes Diminishes Native culture. Hurts Stereotypes Dehumanizes
Effect #2 It Affects Self Identity Video Clip: In Whose Honor? Embarrassment Sadness Anger
Problem #5 It Affects Native Religions Feathers, paint & dances are all part of their religious imagery. By using objects considered sacred by Native people for sports events, in this land based on religious freedom, it mocks the religion itself.
Example of How Religious Mimicking is offensive: Q. Shouldn't we then protest the New Orleans Saints because they are offensive to Christians? A. No. They are not selling toy crucifixes as souvenirs and a little mascot dressed as the Pope doesn’t run around.
Effect #3 Violent References in the Media "Cowboys finish off Redskins“ “Kill the Indians” shouted by opposing teams “Cougars scalp Sioux " “Orioles gun down Indians”
Intentional or Unintentional, Native Mascot Images are Negative "We don't view it as looking down on their race..." - Athletic director, Ohio H.S. which has an "Indian head" doormat in the hallway.