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NATIVE AMERICAN RIGHTS: Say 'No' to Mascot Racism

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A success story: Nearly 256 years after the colonial government of British King George II placed a rich bounty on Indian scalps, Maine's Regional School Unit 12 (RSU 12) has voted to ban the use of the Redskins name and mascot from all eight schools it g

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. (0)
Thursday February 3, 2011, 4:05 pm
Good choice. I'm glad the decision came from the youth of Maine.

Marti Williams (170)
Thursday February 3, 2011, 4:14 pm
That Is good...the Native Americans need to be respected...and honored

Mike S (86)
Thursday February 3, 2011, 4:26 pm
Thanks for the article Cal. It is good to see long overdue action like this.

Geynell Eskite (68)
Thursday February 3, 2011, 5:12 pm
Years ago I heard a commentator (sorry, I can't recall who), illustrate our culture's blanket indifference to the sensibilities of our Native American brothers and sisters. We would be appalled at the notion of organized sports teams named 'The New York Kikes", "The Baltimore Negroes", or "The Houston Crackers", yet no one bats an eye at names such as "Redskins" and "Indians". I'm encouraged to hear that Maine has chosen the path of respect. Let's see if professional football and baseball can show the same integrity. I won't hold my breath. These are the same people who though Michael Vick deserved a "courage" award, and laud him as a hero.

Carol H (229)
Thursday February 3, 2011, 6:54 pm
noted, thanks

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Thursday February 3, 2011, 7:10 pm
This is also good news. It's going to be a great day!

Rose Becke (141)
Friday February 4, 2011, 12:08 am
good news

patrica and edw jones (190)
Friday February 4, 2011, 1:00 am
Name calling/tagging is pathetic as are the people that stoop to use the idiom

Past Member (0)
Friday February 4, 2011, 5:27 am
Many many stars go to the young people of Maine. To stand up and speak out against this type of stigma shows that they realize it is time to show respect to the Indians. Fantastic.

Brittany D (28)
Friday February 4, 2011, 10:26 am

Robert O (12)
Friday February 4, 2011, 10:41 am
Thanks Cal. The disrespect and derogatory portrayals need to stop!

Past Member (0)
Friday February 4, 2011, 10:43 am
noted with thankings.

Past Member (0)
Friday February 4, 2011, 11:04 am
excellent :)

Karel Varhanik (0)
Friday February 4, 2011, 11:16 am
Pleased to hear. Thank you.

Chelsie H (19)
Friday February 4, 2011, 11:42 am
I'm glad to hear this; thanks!

Armand G F (5)
Friday February 4, 2011, 12:09 pm
Great decision by the School Board! I have been writing protest letters to the cities of Cleveland Ohio and Washington D.C. as well at the NFL and MLB to try to get them to change the derogatory names of their teams. Obviously there has not been a sufficient outcry to get them to comply with this change. I am embarrassed that in this country we would allow these inflammatory names to be used so readily without any major objection. We all need to take a hard look at who we support as fans and start demanding change, NOW!

pam M (98)
Friday February 4, 2011, 12:44 pm
I applaud our nations first people. The squeaky wheel gets the grease. If you don't make noise you'll go to your grave waiting for folks to "wake up" and do the right thing. Mankind is a stiff necked lot and will only move if pushed. Kudos to you.

elle g (24)
Friday February 4, 2011, 1:11 pm
Long needed respect is finally here.

Andrea Connelly (94)
Friday February 4, 2011, 2:30 pm
Great news! Armand F. can Care2 help?

Jedonna S. (0)
Friday February 4, 2011, 3:44 pm
This is good news

Mrs Shakespeare (35)
Friday February 4, 2011, 3:52 pm
I have no idea how native Americans can put up with white people. I know you are just the ancestors of the people who committed those crimes, and you are probably nothing like them, but it must hurt native Americans to see you get all your rights while they still suffer.
May God generously reward them for all their patience and goodness.

Laverne Wallace (59)
Friday February 4, 2011, 4:09 pm
noted Good news

Past Member (0)
Friday February 4, 2011, 4:11 pm
"Ta kom a sak"

Past Member (0)
Friday February 4, 2011, 4:50 pm
Good news. Hopefully, this attitude will apread.

Sharon F (0)
Friday February 4, 2011, 4:50 pm
I, too, applalud the nations first people. I like to see them active in their cultural dances, etc. We can learn from them.


Aletta Kraan (146)
Friday February 4, 2011, 5:04 pm
Great , noted , thanks !

Jean M (3)
Friday February 4, 2011, 5:16 pm
Great, thanks for the article. I am always thinking of the American Indian and what was done to them. They deserve so much more!!!!!!!

Freya H (357)
Friday February 4, 2011, 5:42 pm
Good! As much as I disdain political correctness, I strongly agree that the Washington Redskins and Cleveland Indians need to change their mascots. I suggest having a contest for each teams that runs thus: First, fans suggest new names; then the owners/managers of the teams select five to ten names they like; then people vote on the new names. When Atlanta got a WNBA franchise, residents voted on several names, and "Dream" won out. So, what shall we call Cleveland's baseball team now?

Susan S (187)
Friday February 4, 2011, 6:55 pm
Thanks for posting.

Hartson Doak (39)
Friday February 4, 2011, 9:07 pm
I am a white man. I always felt like God put me in the wrong body. I always wanted to be a Native American. Ironeyes Cody and John Jay Silverheals were my heroes. If the Native Americans don't like it. STOP! But, I look at the symbolism as anything but racist. I see it as honoring .

Eternal Gardener (745)
Friday February 4, 2011, 10:10 pm

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Yanula P (50)
Saturday February 5, 2011, 4:26 am
Good news!

Hannah Theresa Weyland (8)
Saturday February 5, 2011, 11:46 am
I'm British and find them offensive as hell.

N E (5)
Sunday February 6, 2011, 6:38 am
“We can’t call the blacks Negroes any more, now you’re telling us we can’t call Indians redskins? Next thing will be not to call Japanese yellow.”

I really, really hope that was sarcasm.
Plus, I think it's the Chinese that are "yellow", isn't it? I mean it's sad when bigots can't even get their terms right ...

I really don't think people get how offensive these team names are. I'm glad the kids think they treat the Redskin mascot with respect, but they obviously don't understand the history behind the term, or behind the genocide that occurred.

Justin R (0)
Sunday February 6, 2011, 7:43 am
I agree. If one does not show respect, one cannot expect to receive such.


Marıanna M. (0)
Monday February 7, 2011, 3:35 am
noted thanks
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