The Battle to Change the Mascots

Socialism 2015

July 02, 2015

The movement against the racist mascoting of Native American symbols and culture in sporting events has existed for decades. Yet the last several years has seen an unprecedented growth in this struggle as well as victory after victory in the push to change these names from the high school to the collegiate level. The struggle has also been intimately tied to the growth of indigenous movements for self determination on issues ranging from land rights to environmental protection. Come hear Erica Lee of Idle No More, sports writer Dave Zirin, and legendary Indigenous rights activist Suzan Shown Harjo about why this movement has found new purchase in the 21st century and why so many in power see it as a threat.

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