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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 and the crowd, in a somewhat inebriated state, cheered wildly at the team’s mascot.

This mascot was not a bull or a bronco, or a giant or a jet, but rather, in my view, was a mean-spirited stereotype of a proud and noble people. In this age of political correctness, what minority in this country would allow itself to be portrayed in such a deme...


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... Native Americans are so upset when they look at a newspaper that reads “Yankees crushed Indians”?


Works Cited

Buchbaum, Herbert. “Mascots” Scholastic, (February 10,1995).

Fletcher, Michael A. “Crazy Horse Again Sounds Battle Cry” Washington Post, Section A (February 18, 1997).

Reddick, Tracie. “Indian Mascot Debate Brewing,” The Tampa Tribune, Section Metro (September 15, 1997).

Royko, Mike. Chicago Tribune, Section 1 (March 17,1989).

Wright, Ronald. Stolen Continents. Houghton Muffin Company, New York, March 1992.

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