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Playing Indian at School

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The NBA has made a stand against racism during recent events.  The NBA also does not use Native American names as mascots, as the NFL and MLB still do.  But worse, many schools across the US still “play Indian” at half-time.

Many K-12 and higher ed schools objectify Native Americans as part of the formal school environment as the school mascot.  This can be problematic for students as they see their customs and religions appropriated by the institution of education that is supposed to serve them.  In Whose Honor is a film that addresses this issue.  Native Americans in the film testify of how this objectification diminishes youths’ self-esteem and negatively impacts their lives.  To learn more about why Playing Indian at half-time is problematic, view this article http://www.racismagainstindians.org/UnderstandingMascots.htm.

 

 

 

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Author: 4 the World

4 the World identifies and collaborates with communities across the globe to empower them to identify and solve the most pressing needs of their communities within the areas of health and education. By partnering with the communities in these areas, we provide critical support and capacity-building initiatives to ensure these communities are capable of continuing to grow and thrive in the future.

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