Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 5:41 PM
Controversy continues to swirl around whether the Washington Redskins should change their name. How about the Indians? That was the topic Monday on 90.3's the Sound of Ideas.
Many Native Americans have long taken issue with being, as they see it, held up as mascots for sports teams. This is evidenced by such teams as the Kansas City Chiefs, the Washington Redskins and, yes, the Cleveland Indians, with their Chief Wahoo logo. That was the topic Monday on 90.3’s the Sound of Ideas. Robert Roka, longtime Clevelander and director of the American Indian Education Center, laid out the objection early in the show.
Not everyone agrees that naming teams after Native Americans dishonors them. Listeners, including Terry, Caitlyn and Sam, weighed in with their comments:
Terry: There’s a saying: mimicry is the finerst form of flattery. It seems to me we’ve got a situation here where a squeaky door is trying to get some oil or bring some attention to himself.
Caitlin: “Native Americans were victims of genocide. And when we have a symbol like that it kind of makes them seem like they’re fantasy characters. You know, people dress up like Indians for Halloween and we have the cowboys and Indians movies. And it’s not a fantasy, you know, it’s real. People… they were killed… by the millions.”
Sam: “I’m a lifelong resident of Cleveland, and I’ offended by chief Wahoo and the name. I’ve been to many protests down there, and I think it’s time to change. We live in 2013. So just change it, and let’s move on America. Let’s go to the light instead of the darkness in this country."}
And an e-mailer writes; “I am native American, and I’m not offended. What gives your guest the right to speak for all of us? What is the threshold for demanding this kind of change?”
Guests and callers debated the issue Monday on 90.3’s The Sound Of Ideas. (Listen to the entire show.)
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