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Should sports teams use Indian names? (Debate).

What's in a name? Just ask American Indians American Indians: see Americas, antiquity and prehistory of the; Natives, Middle American; Natives, North American; Natives, South American.  offended by teams that call themselves Braves, Chieftains, and Redskins Redskins can refer to:
  • Redskin (slang), a controversial term referring to Native Americans
  • The Washington Redskins, a United States football team.
  • Redskin (subculture), a socialist or communist skinhead
  • The Redskins, a 1980s English left-wing soul/punk band
. The use of Indian names A
Amani - spring
Anjana/Anjali - mother of Hanuman
Aparna - dry leaf
Aswini - star (characteristics: fast and active)
Avani - earth B
Bharathi - Saraswathi Devi
Bhavani - Parvathi Devi C
Chithra - wonder D
 for mascots and logos, they say, contributes to racial stereotypes (prejudicial images).

Last month, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Founded in 1957, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) is a regional consortium of local governments in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. MWCOG also has members from the Maryland and Virginia state governments, as well as the United States Congress which  urged the Washington Redskins
    The Washington Redskins are a professional American football team based in the Washington, D.C. area. The team plays at FedExField in Landover, Maryland, which is in Prince George's County, Maryland.
    , a professional football team, to change their name.

    The Council described the team's logo, a profile of an American Indian, as a "racist insult." They say the term redskins comes from bounty hunters who killed Indians and turned in their bloody scalps and red skins for profit.

    Despite the Council's request, Karl Swanson, the Redskins' senior vice president, said that the team has "no plans to change the name."

    What do you think? Should teams like the Washington Redskins, Atlanta Braves, and Cleveland Indians change their names?


    Change Indian Names

    Names that draw on stereotypes of American Indians as uncivilized and savage are hurtful and cruel. People should be able to feel proud of their heritage. Instead, many American Indians feel humiliated hu·mil·i·ate  
    tr.v. hu·mil·i·at·ed, hu·mil·i·at·ing, hu·mil·i·ates
    To lower the pride, dignity, or self-respect of. See Synonyms at degrade.
     when they see Atlanta Braves fans, for example, doing a tomahawk tomahawk [from an Algonquian dialect of Virginia], hatchet generally used by Native North Americans as a hand weapon and as a missile. The earliest tomahawks were made of stone, with one edge or two edges sharpened (sometimes the stone was globe shaped).  chop.

    Indians take justifiable pride in the nobility, resourcefulness, and bravery of their ancestors. Those ancestors suffered at the hands of U.S. soldiers and settlers who robbed them of much of their land.

    Teams that use derogatory (insulting) Indian names call further attention to that injustice and to the distorted images of the first Americans.


    Don't Change Indian Names

    Few people know that the Washington Redskins actually chose their name out of respect for Indian culture and traditions. When the team named, its coach was Lone Star Dietz, who was part Sioux.

    The term redskin isn't necessarily offensive. It also comes from the Indian custom of covering one's body with red clay before battle.

    While certain names may be offensive to some, individuals and teams have a right to use whatever names they like. After all, America is a free country, and the U.S. Constitution protects freedom of speech.

    We should focus on the positive aspect of these names, and use them to lean more about an American heritage that we all share.
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    Title Annotation:discrimination in a name?
    Publication:Junior Scholastic
    Geographic Code:1USA
    Date:Feb 11, 2002
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