Offensive Native American images
To the Editors:
Until this past Monday, I was never personally offended by Native American
imagery and mascots in sports. Ya know, the Washington Redskins, Cleveland Indians, and various
packs of Chiefs, Warriors and Braves scattered throughout United
States high schools and colleges. Even though I belong to the Cherokee tribe, it just never made
any sense to me to get upset about something thats going to go on with or without my approval.
Why waste my time? Knowing that there were Native Americans who protest and spoke up, I just thought,
They shouldnt waste their time either. Might as well ignore it. But a film entitled
In Whose Honor? changed my mind. The documentary exposes the true racism behind this
use of Indian imagery.
Is it okay to mimic a peoples way of life, religion and dress as a means of entertainment?
Of course not! The use of Black faces and images like Sambo have almost disappeared because we
realized how hurtful and degrading they were towards Black people. The same should be true for
Native Americans. In 2003 (and in all of our [Oberlin Colleges] political correctness), why
do we condone this? Youre thinking,No we dont! Yes, we do.
Mr. Larry Dolan, the owner of the Cleveland Indians, sits on the board of trustees at this college.
He makes money off his baseball teams logo Chief Wahoo, thus openly endorsing
this type of racism against a minority. I understand that the majority of the student body had
no idea that Larry Dolan is on the board of trustees. Neither did I. But now I do. And now you
do. We must not sit silent. To say nothing, to do nothing is to endorse it, to give a silent nod
to racial discrimination within the college. This is our school. This is our community. Please
stand with me and the members of the American Indian Council and the Indigenous Womens Series
to send a message to the administration that This is not okay! There are events regarding
this issue that you can attend to support us and educate yourself.