Reading Packet: Sports Mascots, Race, and Cultural Appropriation
Citation Style: MLA
Source: College of Arts & Sciences, English Language & Literature
You will be writing an essay between 750-1,500 words in length. The “Works Cited” section is NOT included in this total.
Which arguments from the reading packet do you find most compelling? Explain which arguments are most persuasive by analyzing the writers’ logic, use of evidence, credibility, and appeals to audiences’ values, beliefs, or emotions. Use at least three reading packet sources in your essay (located below).
MINIMAL ESSAY REQUIREMENTS (See below for expanded details)
The structure of your essay should include
URLs and Instructions:
Read entire essay: “This Is Not an Indian: Situating Claims about Indianness in Sporting Worlds.”
Read entire essay: “The Mascot Slot: Cultural Citizenship, Political Correctness, and Pseudo-Indian Sports Symbols.”
Read entire blog entry: “The 2,128 Native American Mascots People aren’t Talking About.”
Read entire news story: “A Slur or Term of ‘Honor’? Controversy Heightens about Washington Redskins.”
Read entire blog entry: “Why Use of Native American Nicknames is an Obvious Affront.”
Read entire essay: “‘I’m Indian Too!’: Claiming Native American Identity, Crafting Authority in Mascot Debates.”
Sports Mascots, Race, And Cultural Appropriation
Length: 3 pages (894 Words)
Sports Mascots, Race, and Cultural Appropriation
Belief in various sporting aspects is often culturally associated whereby a team or a sport’s history is often associated with a certain cultural aspect of the team’s origin. Often, sporting beliefs, symbols, customs or traditions have been associated with racial or cultural aspects with the majority being sports mascots. One of the largest NFL teams in the US has been faced with much criticism about the team's mascot which has been associated with racial prejudice and offensiveness. The Washington DC’s Redskins have for a long time used the name "Redskins" with a logo portraying a Native American man's head. The controversy encircling the team has been as a result of the historical clashes between the Native Americans and the white men. While some people may depict this as a normal mascot just like any other mascot for any other team, Native American tribes and other lobby groups have been campaigning largely for the Washington Redskins name and logo to be changed.
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