This was on ESPN today. I posted it on facebook. Watch the video. Read the comments.Submitted by ralph hornsby on Sat, 10/19/2013 - 22:43
Comments from a Native American:
Comment 1: Ya know, every time you see people debating the mascot issue the Seminoles get brought up. The logic is that since they are okay, even going so far as to have blessing ceremonies, then everybody should be okay, all schools. Never mind the fact that in very few instances are the actors that portray Osceola treated with any type of respect or honor. It's clear in this video, even before getting to the desk, that his presence is a mockery, the jeering, the laughing. On top of that the real Osceola probably would not have wanted his image used in such a manner, this was a great warrior who made his name fighting white expansion, fighting the United States, now he's being used to help make money by the white team owners. It's a shame, even more so when you get down to the high school and elementary school level and you see the rednecks yelling at the kids, calling them squaws, savages, encouraging their sons to kill them, to scalp them. How can anyone say this is a good thing? Really?
Comment 2: I grew up going to native schools, and my girls go to one, it f%@kin' sucks all the racist s#it the opposing teams say to the players, plus the parades where they have signs that say they're gonna force the ndnz back to the rez or have depictions of natives getting killed, this in the era when people get sent home because of pretend guns made with using fingers or for bringing butter knives in their lunchboxes, it's like they're so focused on keeping violence out of schools yet have no problems when it comes to portraying violence towards natives.......... yeah, but every time I get into debates there is always that one ndn, ya know, not from ndn country but thinks they speak for all natives sayin' 'well I don't have a problem with it'..... ugh