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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Native Mascots Again

Image: Cleveland Indians fans in red face (©Jason Miller/Getty Images)
"We are just honoring Native Americans".
You bet. It makes us proud to see white people acting like idiots.
It's ironic that everyone who justifies the Native names usually says something to the effect that it "makes me proud" to represent the Redskins, Indians, Braves,....or whatever. No one ever seems to consider how the Natives feel about being represented by redneck fans or Joe Thiesman. One things for sure. If these guys showed up with faces painted black they would never get away with it. Why is there a double standard?

It's an issue that isn't going away. The Braves still are in the playoffs, and the Redskins controversy has been stirring for some time, with owner Daniel Snyder vowing to never change the name, Joe Theismann defending it by saying he represented Native Americans when he played for the Skins, and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell defending the name, then saying the NFL should listen to the protests. Then there was this T-shirt design that combined RG3's face with the Redskins mascot's. And in July, the Mets felt some backlash for cancelling a tribute to Native Americans because it was scheduled before a game against the Braves. To top it off, the Indians lost Wednesday night's game 4-0, ending their season.

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