This week we learned about how Indian Chief mascot led to the deeper sports issue

This week we learned about how Indian Chief mascot led to the deeper sports issue, and the public should respect native Indians rather than use their character as a mascot.
By watching the guest scholar video, I learned from Dr. C. Richard King that nationalism is also a type of cultural inventions, indicating that human effort is the foundation of beliefs, behaviors, and practices that have an era of naturalness that people accept as powerful or indisputable. The invention is meant to denaturalize symbols, stories, and social contexts that gives us the means to pause and unpack them allowing us to question things we take for granted. This relates to sports because culture, economics, and politics shape traditions in sports. In this week’s film, they show a scene with the Red Skins fan who was dressed up as an Indian saying that he doesn’t disrespect Native American culture, but he dresses the way he does for the money. This shows how teams with representations of Native American mascots have become so rooted in making money from the mascot they refuse to bring attention to many fans who do not see how it can be offensive to Native American Culture. This is mainly due to the large social nostalgia of having a Native American mascot because many people do not remember the history of Native American culture and only remember them having a good time cheering on their favorite sports team and it’s mascot.

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