Native American Mascots Should be Banned

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The sun beat down upon the pale skin of the crowd as a consistent murmur echoed across the field. Hands simultaneously lifted and then dropped, repeatedly, while every eye gazed with intent upon the figure who stood alone on the grass in the center of the field. He had a glowing red face, an oversized nose, and a red and white feather that pointed to the sky. As the chant continued to resonate, the figure began to dance to the soft harmony of an organ. His nose humorously bounced up and down while the stupid grin on his face never seemed to dissipate. Those who looked upon the sight of the dancing figure smiled back at him and wondered where the hot dog vendor had gone. It was the seventh inning stretch at a Cleveland Indians baseball game …show more content…
The issue centered around the removal of Indian mascots and logos from sports teams is emblematic of the struggle of a politically and economically weak minority to achieve equality in this country. For a people to achieve equality within a society, they must be deemed worthy of respect and the failure of a society to demonstrate such respect will only perpetuate discrimination.

The Native Americans, since 1492, have not been treated fairly and their cries for equality have fallen on deaf ears. One reason for this inaction is that the Native American people only represent eight tenths of one percent of the United States population; accordingly, their voices do not have any political or economic impact. (Wright, 5) Women, on the other hand, represent more than fifty percent of the population, and they have learned how to flex their political and economic strength. For example, in 1986 Hornell Brewing Company introduced a new malt liquor called “Midnight Dragon.” Promotional posters featured a woman in a red dress, stockings, and a garter sipping the brew through a straw. The caption read: “I could suck this all night” This crude depiction of women drew complaints from women’s groups, and the product eventually was withdrawn from the market (Reddick, 3).

In contrast, the same company introduced another malt liquor that was called “Crazy Horse.” Native American activists