Native American Mascot Discrimination Essay

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Is it believable that Native American children face discrimination during their education because their schools have Native American mascots? Yes. However, are Native American children the only children who face discrimination throughout their education? Do mascots lead to discrimination against other races of children? Do African American and Asian children face discrimination? Do timid children, “nerds” and other various stereotypes face discrimination? Are all of these students not being discriminated against as well? A cultural mascot may lead to some discrimination against Native American children in school, but does it contribute to all discrimination against them? In Barbara E. Munson’s Common Themes and Questions About the Use of…show more content…
Along with her personal bias, Munson also biases in her argument by supporting it with the positions of Native American organizations. Munson says, “ The National Council of American Indians, the Great Lakes Inter Tribal Council, the Oneida Tribe, and the Wisconsin Indian Education Association have all adopted formal position statements” on the use of Native American mascots, but these institutions are all biased towards the Native American population (3). Munson is unable to find people or other institutions not related to the Native American Population to help support her claims. She only uses those already in favor of her argument, therefore creating a stronger bias. If Munson were able to provide statements from organizations not associated with the Native American population, she would be able to provide acceptable support for her argument. Munson’s bias and improper use of credibility are only minor imperfections within her argument, however another imperfection becomes visible as Munson continuously uses fallacies throughout her piece. One example of Munson’s fallacies is when she states that, “The average life expectancy of Native American males is age 45. The teen suicide rate among Native people is several times higher than the national average...Racism kills” (3). Munson is using the hasty
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