Lack of Support for Team Native Mascots by Native Americans

Berkeley News  reported that “[c]ontrary to polls showing that relatively few Native Americans take offense at the Washington Redskins’ name, a new UC Berkeley study has found that at least half of more than 1,000 Native Americans surveyed are offended by the football team’s 87-year-old moniker and Native mascots in general. . . . Of those polled for the study, 57% who strongly identify with being Native American and 67% of those who frequently engage in tribal cultural practices were found to be deeply insulted by caricatures of Native American culture” [chief headdresses, war cries and the tomahawk chop, etc.].  The study’s findings will be published in the journal of Social Psychological and Personality Science in February, 2020.

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