The group Courageously Concerned created the campaign R is for Respect in the spirit of advocacy to remove my/our alma mater’s Native American mascot.
After listening to Native Americans and researching, it has become obvious there is no respectful way to honor Native people through a mascot. So, out of respect, we are calling for the removal of our Native American mascot (which is a r-dsk-n). Mascots like these are a symptom of the greater system that is occurring around our nation.
The blog posts below tell the history of the r-word and feature a letter from a Native American activist and her perspective on the r-word.
Below is what I have been reading regarding the R is for Respect campaign and Native mascots. I will continuously update the list to keep us all … There is so much more at play that just a “mascot.”
|‘Redskins’ Racist Term But Don’t Censor Us||Jonathan Zimmerman||Zimmerman writes this article with a lot of historical information and objective statements. It is a great read to better understand the terminology.|
|Racism and Ignorance||Carol Spindel||Spindel packs this article with historical and objective information. She examines how racism and ignorance plays in our perspective of native mascots.|
|What the Redskins Name and Confederate Statues Have in Common||Philip Deloria||I saw this connection in my own backyard and it was so great to read that someone else sees the same connection. It is an insightful, must-read.|
|Racism Mascots Negate Your School’s Anti-Bullying, Anti-Harassment Policies||Martie Simons||Native American Author; This was a great read because it put mascots in perspective to school systems|
|No More Native Mascots||AZ to Rally||Nonprofit associated with prominent Native activist, Amanda Blackhorse. This site offers a lot of resources and Native American perspective(s) and insight.|
|Dear White people, stop telling Native Americans like me whether we’re offended by the Washington Redskins||Angelina Newsom||Native American author; An op-ed worth reading to better understand a Native person’s insight and personal opinion.|
|Native Americans: We’re not your mascots||Simon Moya-Smith||Native American Author.|