Mascot Racism (fwd)
- Dear Friends:
Granted that at first glance, "Chief Illiniwek" is not as BLATENTLY
"Chief Wahoo" and some of the others, but is still very stereotyped
the less offensive.
Chief Illiniwek is decked in traditional Lakota clothing. The Plains
is the first thing that comes to most peoples minds when they think
American Indian people. Check your history books. The Illiniwek
dressed nothing like that. We all are very different and our
dress is very different. Not everone was from the Plains Tribes. If
intentions were to "honor' the Illiniwek, at least have the courtesy
their clothing correct.
Now to defend the Lakota Nation. Most First Nation Peoples love
Ancestors were playing them long before the Europeans arrived. I am
Lakotas had their own, too. And like the Shawnee, they had
specific for these games. The Eagle feather bonnet, worn only by the
greatest of Chiefs, was upheld in the highest respect. It was worn
important ceremonies and battles ONLY. It was, and is still not,
lightly... and certainly not worn to a sporting event.
Do I need to even mention the vulgarity of the "Tomahawk Chop"?
not a bit racist is it? We all run around the house doing rain
The whole point is that Native Americans are NOT honored by these
more than an African American would be if you dressed someone up like
Jolsen and had him eat watermelon for show. That is exactly how
racist these images are. (My sincere apologies to the Black Community
having to use such a graphicly harsh reference, intended soley to
point.) No one would dare tolerate something like that, after
the Black community has had to go through, and are still going
to get equal and just treatment. Why are the First Nations any
We are not circus clowns to be paraded around for amusement.We are
neighbors. We wear jeans and T-shirts. We eat at Hardees and Mc
like everyone else. Sometimes we choose to wear breads, sometimes we
But we are still people and deserve the same respect as anyone else.
"Noble Savage" is only one step up from the rest of them and is still
steriotypical and unrealistic. If you are truly interested in giving
warriors Honor, then sign our petitions asking for a Federally
Holiday in rememberance of our Ancestors who died trying to keep what
rightfully theirs to begin with.
Ms. Trevor Counts Wolfvixen7@...