Native Americans Self-Esteem And Self Esteem

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Mascots, the Muppets big brother and the logos of school and teams are destroying Native Americans self-esteem. The seemingly innocent Sesame Street characters with growth hormones, we always thought that they were innocent, but the truth is most of the time they probably are not. Many schools and team mascot names mock either animals or a minority group like Native Americans. Some school even goes sore far as to parody a chant from native Americans, but they don't think of how it feels to be on the side of the native Americans. How would you feel if a white guy who treats every day like Halloween always made fun of you, what do you think it does to their self-esteem to be bullied by Elmo? The truth that is seen in Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, Missing Point by Erik Stegman and Victoria Phillips, and Illinois Must Finally Remove All Links To Chief Illiniwek by Shannon Ryan is that team mascots and stereotypical fan behavior is just showing bullying on steroids, the same bullying Arnold experiences in Reardan high school in Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian.

Shannon Ryan discussed in an article about the school in Illinois that would have student dress up as an Indian chief and perform multiple chants mocking those of Native Americans, and the school thought it was fine. But the N.C.A.A thought otherwise, they banned the “chief’ from any and all games and just recently banned the “War Chant” and a few other chants of the same sort.
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