The Use of American Indians as Mascots (Persuassive Essay)

Essay by DexterousChildJunior High, 9th gradeA+, March 2004

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How would you feel if someone dressed exactly like you, or a person that you honor and respect, danced and jumped around a gym or stadium during sports games using symbols that represent you and/or your culture? Sadly, many colleges and high schools do this. They choose Indigenous people's symbols, dances and music to make their team's mascot look exactly like a chief. Many people think that using American Indians as mascots honors the Indian people, but the truth is they feel insulted and segregated. There have been many requests to change this, not only by Indian people but by regular people from other cultures too, and still these sports teams used them as mascots. High schools and colleges shouldn't keep their American Indian name or their symbols.

Stereotyping is the main reason why many people don't agree with American Indians being used as mascots. Racism and segregation had been a big part of this country's history and it still is.

The dances, music, symbols, and even people that make part of the mascots show disrespect for the Indians. It seems like the schools show disrespect for the Indians too, because the majority of the players don't even know the meaning of the symbols of the images that are on their team's uniforms. It's also hurtful for the Indians to see a chief as half time entertainment. If you go to a school's football game and see the 'Indians' play, they do it roughly and with a lot of violence. This influences people to think that the chiefs and Indians are savages and that they are always fighting and being rough. Throughout the years it has been said that all humans, no matter what race, religion, culture, or color, should be treated equally, so how come for the...