Skip to comments.Washington State Wants Schools to Ban Native American Mascots
Posted on 09/30/2012 10:03:10 AM PDT by Steelfish
By Abby Ellin Sep 29, 2012 Washington State Wants Schools to Ban Native American Mascots
If the Washington State Board of Education has its way, high schools across the state will no longer count Warriors, Braves, and Redskins among their mascots.
The state board passed a resolution last Wednesday encouraging districts to stop using Native American mascots, according to ABC affiliate KOMO-TV, in Seattle.
The resolution, which is similar to resolution passed by the board in 1993, cites research conducted by Dr. Stephanie Fryberg, a member of Tulalip Tribes in Washington State and an associate professor of Social and Cultural Psychology at the University of Arizona.
Fryberg and the American Psychological Association presented their research on the psychological consequences of using Native American mascots before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee in May, 2011. Other findings include an increased achievement gap between Native American and other students and negative effects on race relations in the United States.
In the past decade, 10 Washington State high schools gave up their Indian-named mascots, including Eatonville Middle School, which went from the Warriors to the Eagles, and Eisenhower Middle School in Everett, which went from the Warriors to the Patriots.
But 50 more, including some tribal schools, havent given up their nicknames. And despite the resolution, the board doesnt have the authority to require schools to comply with the change, board spokesman Aaron Wyatt told KOMO. However, he added, there will be no adverse consequences for schools that dont voluntarily choose a new mascot.
The Native American mascot controversy that is, whether to ban the names from school sports teams has been hotly debated for decades.
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...oh, they mean American Injuns-—well then why didn't they say so right off?
More political correctness. What else is new?
So they dont like people admiring the integrity and fighting spirit of Indians warriors?
How racist can they get?
Does the law apply to Elizabeth Warren’s resume?
The oldest human remains found in the Americas were recently "discovered" in the storeroom of Mexico's National Museum of Anthropology. Found in central Mexico in 1959, the five skulls were radiocarbon dated by a team of researchers from the United Kingdom and Mexico and found to be 13,000 years old. They pre-date the Clovis culture by a couple thousand years, adding to the growing evidence against the Clovis-first model for the first peopling of the Americas.
Of additional significance is the shape of the skulls, which are described as long and narrow, very unlike those of modern Native Americans.
Well, it’s still called the Bureau of Indian Affairs...
Then I turned around to see the other side of the tee-pee and saw a small poster which specifically noted that Native Americans find Hollywood's portrayal of their culture to be insulting, especially that annoying "Wah-Wah-Wah-Wah-Wah" Indian war whoop.
We all burst out laughing.
Does that include Cougars? (Think WSU.)
So the term “Warriors” is now solely the provenance of Native Americans?
and PETA wants to ban animal names and mascots too....We are such an insensitive nation..../s
Maybe some Washington state team can call themselves the ‘Elizabeth Warrens’. Nothing “native American” about that. Honest Injun!
This is mostly about white Leftists pretending to be offended. American Indians know that these names are honorific. It is obvious that schools traditionally choose mascots based on their admirable qualities.
Indian imagery is part of our history, and the Left is doing an ethnic cleansing.
But not according “to research conducted by Dr. Stephanie Fryberg, a member of Tulalip Tribes in Washington State and an associate professor of Social and Cultural Psychology at the University of Arizona.”
This from a Jewish professor of “social and cultural psychology” Who would know there were these kinds of study “majors” being taught. Ahh. That explains why we have so many Obama voters. Our tax dollars at work!
Change every indian-themed team mascot into a caucasian-themed mascot. 100% of them. Then pop some popcorn and sit back and wait for the minority outrage that schools only have white mascots.
How about names like “The Casino Monopolists” or “The Whale Shooters” or “The Large Tax Exempt Special Interest Gambling Money Machines”?
Yep, I always said, if you want to dishonor somebody or something, make them a school mascot. Oh, the humiliation. /s
Seriously, though, every school in the south with an indian mascot of which I’m aware has had strong support from the tribes. Florida State from the Seminole, Pembroke from the Lumbee, on and on. North Dakota, too. I don’t get it at all. It makes no logical sense whatsoever. Well, maybe that’s my problem, trying to apply logic to liberal diversity nostrums.
I’ve got Cherokee entering into my lines several different ways myself, and attended university nearby the Eastern Band’s reservation. Their high school on that reservation is Cherokee High. Their mascot? The Braves.
Pop some popcorn when the dimwitted dogooders try to force them to change their mascot.
I want to cheer for my hometown team — the Kleagles. We have a long-standing rivalry with the Imperial Wizards who just think they’re supreme above all others. We’ll show ‘em!
But Notre Dame’s “Fighting Irish” would be okay though.
Good for the Fighting Irish.
In admiration to Indian tribes by giving these wonderful tribal names to high profile sports, soon children will be asking who were the Chicacawasoosto?
Oh well. It’s not my problem.
The Indians aren’t doing good in school because of this?
“Tom Leaping Weasel! Another ‘F’ in math! What is the problem?”
“Ummmmm.....I’m hurt because Atlanta calls their baseball team the Braves.”
“I guess Bobby Smith must have got an ‘F’ because his Dad is a math teacher and Bobby is offended by the San Fracisco 49ers. Get your behind out in the kitchen and hit the math books.”
I think it was Teddy Roosevelt who said...if it wasn't for us, the tribes would have killed each other off.
Well guess what....the whooping was real. When Andrew Ellicott was surveying the NY/Penn boundary, he wrote about their incessant whooping.
This is outrageous!
The Indians should be allowed to have any mascots they dam well please.
In Spokane, WA, (other side of the state from People’s Republic of Seattle)the local minor league baseball team has always been named the Indians. When they recently wanted to update their logo and uniforms, management talked to the local Spokane tribe’s leaders and came up with a good looking new logo that the tribe felt was an honor. Sometimes people just don’t know when they are supposed to be offended, I guess. (sarc)
I had exactly the same thought.
I remember hearing Dennis Prager talking about a caller to his show (some years ago) who was insulted by the "Indian" names for University sports teams. He challenged Prager by asking how he would feel if they named sports teams after his ethnic group.
He laughed and said that it would be the first time in history that people were rooting for the "Jews". "Go, Jews", "I'm a Jews fan", "I'm going to the game to root for the Jews". It was hysterical.
Oh, but lots of us have for years cheered “dem fightin’ Jews”.
Their official team name is the Israel Defense Force.
During the summer of 1967 I heard a redneck say, “Heck’s fire, man, it looks like those Jew-boys know how to fight!”
This was shortly after the Six Day War victory.
I wouldn’t mind a few teams like the “Drunken Irish”, or the “Drunken Scots”, or the “Drunken Germans”
OK. Ban the pre-Clovis mascots now!!!
Maybe these schools could totally update their image by going with something like: Sharing Shamrocks,Consensus Building Citizens; Conciliatory Comrads; Apologetic Organizers; Compromising Cronies, etc.
Then after changing their team mascot names, they could concede and forfeit every game in order to demonstrate their good intentions of not hurting anyone’s feelings.
Try having to cheer for the Maniacs.
I could hear that redneck holler,
as he hit that hardwood floor:
They ain't makin' Jews,
like Jesus any more.
Unless, of course, their names are Abu Al Ali or some such.
Yes. Let’s forget even the NAMES of American Indians, let alone their heritage.