Hurtful Mascots

Hurtful Mascots

Last month, off Interstate Highway 94 in Michigan, a billboard was printed that read, “R*dsk*n: noun. older slang: disparaging, offensive. 1. The word r*dsk*n is very offensive and should be avoided.”

This billboard was strategically placed outside of Paw Paw, where the mascot of the high school is—you guessed it—the R*dsk*ns. There have been vocal opponents to the use of Native-based sports mascots across all levels of sports in the United States, from middle and high schools to colleges and professional sports teams. With thanks to the work of organizations and individuals such as the Michigan Coalition Against Racism in Sports and Media (who put up the Paw Paw billboard), some progress has been made to change these mascots.

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