Redskins Nickname is Racist According to Scientific Poll

Written by on February 14, 2020

The President of the National Congress of American Indians, Fawn Sharp delivered a speech to members of Congress this week in Washington. In it she spoke about the ways in which racist mascots degrade and offend Native Americans.

A new study has found that 65% percent of Indigenous people in the United States are deeply offended by the use of native American nicknames and Mascots for professional, college and High School sports teams. The findings are part of a groundbreaking joint study between the University of California, Berkley and the University of Michigan that will be released next week.

Crystal Echo Hawk is the Executive Director of Illuminative. A Non-profit whose goal it is to raise the visibility of Native peoples in American society.

“These are groundbreaking findings that really directly challenge the Washington Post polls of 2016 and 2019 that have been effectively used to silence Native people who are in opposition to the Washington Football team name to racist Native mascots and racist sports and traditions that are associated with those teams,” she said.

The study focuses on the nickname and logo of the Washington Redskins and other teams, such as the Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Chiefs.

But Echo Hawk is encouraged that more and more schools are dropping their once offensive nicknames, including the McGill Redmen locally.

“Native sports mascots and associated stereotypes are psychologically are harmful to Native American children. Now there is science to back this up. To see these teams really beginning to recognize that this is no longer acceptable, that this is racist. This is not a question of political correctness. This is a question of racism and the well being of Native children and people, that’s huge,” Echo Hawk said.


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