In recent years, many sporting programs and other organizations have been made aware of their problematic mascots. Mascots that appropriate Indigenous culture and encourage racism towards Native communities and traditions. It's a really important societal problem that we all need to commit to denouncing.
Let's stick with animals and other culturally appropriate mascots.
With all the recent examples of organizing to remove racist mascots or team names, it's the perfect time to take on organizing around any local examples. There is a fabulous toolkit on how to do so here. Is there a public school appropriating aspects of Native culture or using derogatory language? Organize around themes of cultural sensitivity and use the tips from the toolkit.
Here's a glimpse at what you'll find:
-Information on cultural appropriation via sports organizations
-History of changes, success stories
-Sample letter to send to community leaders
-Media tips to engage the mainstream media in your campaign
-Sources for finding potential allies in your work
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