R is for Respect

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.

Click here to get & stay involved with our group and campaign. Sign the petition here.

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.”


TitleAuthorMy Notes
‘Redskins’ Racist Term But Don’t Censor UsJonathan ZimmermanZimmerman writes this article with a lot of historical information and objective statements. It is a great read to better understand the terminology.
Racism and IgnoranceCarol SpindelSpindel 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 CommonPhilip DeloriaI 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 PoliciesMartie SimonsNative American Author; This was a great read because it put mascots in perspective to school systems
No More Native MascotsAZ to RallyNonprofit 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 RedskinsAngelina NewsomNative American author; An op-ed worth reading to better understand a Native person’s insight and personal opinion.
Native Americans: We’re not your mascotsSimon Moya-SmithNative American Author.
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