My last post on "The Indians" Irish Showband drew some comments that I must respectfully disagree with.
Challenging Native American sports teams/mascots and changing names is not silly and/or absurd.
How is it respectful to tell people you are 'honouring' them whilst ignoring their experiences? To me this smacks of white privilege, as does the assertion that I am sensitive to Native issues because I live it. Though I understand the intent of the statement was to be understanding of my position, I have to point out that although my friends and daughter are indigenous (New Zealand, which is not automatically interchangable with other indigenous people), and I see and challenge racism, I also benefit from white privilege. To to say "I live it" insults Native people in all countries living with the ugly stereotypes and legacy of colonisation.
My comment regarding searching on google wasn't for finding scholarly articles, because as Flagday rightly suggests, there are scholarly articles for all opinions. I had hoped that by looking online those interested in social justice would find and listen to the experience of Native American's who find mascots offensive. I understand that because of the demography of the States it may not always be possible to have Native friends or colleagues. Here are some good places to start:
Some documentaries that should be essential viewing (not just on stereotypes/mascots but much of the horror of US history which is still largely unknown):
The Canary Effect" (though be aware Ward Churchill is a 'wannabe' and you'll seriously need a box of tissues to watch this) and "
A good Die to Day, The Dennis Banks Documentary
". All trailers can be seen on youtube.
Please look at this issue with an open heart and really listen to what our Native American brothers and sisters are telling us.
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