Tomahawk, Throw Away The Hate



Through out this mini inquiry project and learning about the opinion of other natives about how they feel about teams using their heritage as logos and mascots. Personally, my opinion has not changed. I still believe that as long as teams are using the privilege of their heritage respectfully it should be allowed. With that being said, I do believe that some logos are more respectful than others, for example the Cleveland Indians logo seems to be a little more offensive compared to a team such as the Edmonton Eskimos. Based on the statistics given by Sophie in my group, only 23% of first nations peoples actually want the logos and names changed. Of coarse this doesn’t mean 23% of all the native population want a name change because I’m sure a lot of natives could also care less. Big names in the Native community like Clyde Bellecourt, the American Indian Movement founder said, “Native Americans no longer want to be mascots for America’s fun and games.” But I feel like the use of saying “Native Americans”, are suggesting that all natives want the name change. Based on the videos watched in class many natives interviewed really didn’t mind the name the “Redskins” because they saw it as pride in their past, but at the same time because the video was posted by the Redskin organization they could of easily only show those who agree with the name. Over time though the logos have gotten better, in earlier years the Atlanta Braves had a signature dance that involved a tomahawk throw, their logo was also a native with feathers screaming, this team was also known for having one of the most degrading and offensive logos and cheers, so this follows my thinking on this controversy because the Braves are obviously not being respectful of natives by following obvious stereotypes. In conclusion I believe as long as the people who are supporting these teams and using these logos are treating the natives heritage the way that they would want their own heritage to be treated, using these logos should be allowed.

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