Oregon bans Native American school mascots
The Oregon Board of Education has voted to require Oregon schools to retire their Native American mascots within five years or risk losing state funding, including schools in Roseburg, Oakridge, Mohawk, Lebanon, Philomath and Reedsport.
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#1 May 19, 2012
Not a single derogatory term is used in any of those. Truth is, most Native Americans have no problem whatsoever with the vast majority of mascot names and/or mascots. But it only takes one whiner to spoil it all for everyone. As the Star Trek character, Spock, used to say, "The needs of the many outweighs the needs of the few (or one)". Also, philosopher Jeremy Bentham had a similar quote: "It is the greatest good to the greatest number of people which is the measure of right and wrong." This ban is too general in nature and should have instead judged each name/mascot on an individual basis.
From Wikipedia: "According to polling results published in Sports Illustrated in February 2002,
Although most Native American activists and tribal leaders consider Indian team names and mascots offensive, neither Native Americans in general nor a cross section of U.S. sports fans agree."
And Anil Adyanthaya from the Boston Globe wrote: "Could you imagine people mocking African Americans in black face at a game? Yet go to a game where there is a team with an Indian name and you will see fans with war paint on their faces. Is this not the equivalent to black face?" Seriously? Comparing black face to war paint? African Americans didn't paint their faces black but Native Americans did paint theirs when warring with other tribes or those invasive palefaces (historical fact)- so that is NOT an analogy that should have ever been used!
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