Saturday, April 28, 2012

Board of Education plans to stop using Native American mascots and imagery

This cultural insensitivity or denigration ought not to be a subject for consideration - State reviews proposed plans to ditch American Indian mascots. But the denigrating of other cultures ought to be left to local communities according to State Senator Betsy Johnson. She said that "she would prefer less of a heavy hand from the state. She feels local school boards, which reflect the opinions of their communities, might best handle the topic."

And she doesn't find it offensive: "'I don't find it as offensive as some people have made it out to be,' Johnson said about the Scappoose Indian mascot, commonly pictured as a stern Native American man with a feathered headdress."

But it isn't she that belongs to an Indian tribe that might be concerned with seeing themselves represented as  caricatures, i.e., "{a] representation, especially pictorial or literary, in which the subject's distinctive features or peculiarities are deliberately exaggerated to produce a comic or grotesque effect." 

And it isn't she that has her culture displayed as a mascot, i.e, "[a] person, animal, or object believed to bring good luck, especially one kept as the symbol of an organization such as a sports team." Do teams and organizations see their mascots symbol of good luck? Really?

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