Sports in Society

Abandoning offensive mascots

How the games we play shape culture and society

In this episode 3 stories

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Efforts to halt Native-themed names, imagery gain traction

The use of Native American names and imagery is under national debate. Many educational institutions and some professional sports franchises have abandoned offensive mascots, while some colleges retain official partnerships with tribes.

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Ban opens door to education, conversation and healing

Washington state Rep. Debra Lekanoff talks about banning Native mascots in schools, the importance of bringing Native and American communities together, and educating others about Native American culture.

Highlights of the progress to rid sports of hurtful images

Decades of protest against racist stereotypes have led to mascot changes in high school, college and professional sports. In 2020, the Washington Football Team finally succumbed to the pressure to drop its controversial team name, in use since 1933.