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Is it offensive for sports teams to use Native American mascots?

Teams like the Washington Redskins, the Atlanta Braves and the Cleveland Indians have always used Native American imagery and mascots in their branding. Advocacy groups accuse them of cultural appropriation and playing on racial slurs. Are their claims justified? Is the use of Native American imagery a sign of respect for their culture? Is their offence justified?

Yes, it is offensive for sports teams to use Native American mascots

The use of native American names and mascots is not appropriate because it's cultural appropriation, racist and damaging.

Native American mascots damage young Native Americans' self-esteem

Seeing their culture mocked and laughed at damages the self-esteem of young Native Americans.

Offence is subjective therefore Native American mascots are not appropriate

If Native Americans find it offensive then it is offensive.

Native American mascots are racist

The names and mascots are borne from a place of racism, not respect.

Native American have historical baggage

Native Americans have a history of marginalisation and mistreatment in the US.

Native American mascots spread harmful stereotypes

The depiction of Native Americans in sports culture perpetuates harmful and prejudicial stereotypes.

Native American mascots are a form of cultural appropriation

Native American imagery and symbolism in sports is a clear example of cultural appropriation.

No, it's not offensive for sports teams to have Native American mascots

The use of Native American names and mascots is appropriate because it's a mark of respect and Native Americans aren't offended by it.

Double standards in using Native American Mascots

Using knights as mascots is acceptable. They are European warriors. Why would using Native American warriors as mascots be any different?

Native American mascots are a mark of respect

The teams employ Native American imagery and nomenclature as a sign of respect and honour.

Native American mascots can be tasteful

Many sports teams are sensitive to Native American sensitivities and use their imagery and symbolism in a tasteful way.

Native Americans aren't offended by Native American mascots

Those taking offence aren't the group impacted by the names and mascots.

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This page was last edited on Friday, 17 Apr 2020 at 10:11 UTC