Do Mascots Need Modernizing? Ctd

I won't abide by @Slate's new guidelines for referring to the Redskins, as I have always called them "the team that loses to the Eagles." — Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) August 8, 2013 Slate announced yesterday that it will start referring to the Washington Redskins as “Washington’s NFL team.” David Plotz explains his magazine’s rationale: Americans think differently about … Continue reading Do Mascots Need Modernizing? Ctd

Do Mascots Need Modernizing? Ctd

The popular thread continues: In a different twist to potentially offensive school mascots, consider the Richland High School Bombers, which have an atomic mushroom cloud as their mascot.  The school is near Hanford, Washington, where the “Fat Man” atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki was manufactured.  There has been substantial controversy over the mascot for some … Continue reading Do Mascots Need Modernizing? Ctd

Do Mascots Need Modernizing? Ctd

A reader writes: I find the whole controversy about mascots and team names to be a little ridiculous. While I can understand the hurt feelings, as a white guy, I am probably the last person who should tell other people how to feel. But what gives power to these issues are Native Americans reaction to them. An intramural … Continue reading Do Mascots Need Modernizing? Ctd

Do Mascots Need Modernizing? Ctd

The popular mascot thread is still kicking: I grew up in North Dakota, where there is a long history of sports teams with controversial  sports mascots.  Up until the 1970s, the mascot for Dickinson State University was the Savages (the school is 60 miles from an Indian reservation) and every year a white female student and a white … Continue reading Do Mascots Need Modernizing? Ctd

Do Mascots Need Modernizing? Ctd

Pareene dissects the reasoning behind Redskins owner Dan Snyder’s reported hiring of Frank Luntz to conduct focus groups on the Redkins’ controversial name: You hire Luntz not to merely poll, but to figure out how best to sell people on something. It seems reasonable to assume that team owner Daniel Snyder, who has vowed to never change the name, is working now … Continue reading Do Mascots Need Modernizing? Ctd

Do Mascots Need Modernizing? Ctd

Readers keep the thread alive: You want to talk about offensive mascots?  My high school (Patrick Henry High School in Glade Spring, VA) has the Confederate soldier, i.e., The Rebels, as a mascot.  The Confederate flag is painted on the football stadium, and the marching band – of which I was a member – plays … Continue reading Do Mascots Need Modernizing? Ctd

Do Mascots Need Modernizing? Ctd

Many more opinions from the in-tray: I appreciate your Cleveland readers’ comments (I’m an Ms girl myself but I like Cleveland!). Sadly, the attached image was supposed to be the Indians’ commemorative cap for the 4th of July (oh the irony there). It has reportedly been pulled. The Atlanta Braves were going to ressurect another horrendous … Continue reading Do Mascots Need Modernizing? Ctd

Do Mascots Need Modernizing? Ctd

Readers keep the popular thread going: I, too, find several currently-used mascots to be unnecessary and out-of-touch, and I would not presume to suggest that offense taken at certain mascots should be minimized, but on balance, surely intent and context do matter.  They are, after all, sports mascots; they are supposed to be cartoonish caricatures of the characters/groups … Continue reading Do Mascots Need Modernizing? Ctd

Do Mascots Need Modernizing?

Below are our posts discussing the implications of sports team mascots that are based on cultural stereotypes, particularly those related to Native Americans. May 31, 2013 @ 2:21pm Earlier this week, ten members of Congress sent a letter to the front office of the Washington Redskins, pushing them to select a new mascot: In this … Continue reading Do Mascots Need Modernizing?

Do Mascots Need Modernizing? Ctd

A reader writes: As a long-suffering Cleveland Indians fan, I thought I would weigh in on this issue. I absolutely loath the “grinning Indian” that has been the team’s mascot for decades. In the club’s defense, it seems that they have been trying to limit its use despite what appears to be support for the image … Continue reading Do Mascots Need Modernizing? Ctd