Washington Football Team Drops Redskins Mascot? : Why? What Does this Mean?

Authors: Gary Arthur


Themes: Activism, Indian Identity, Leadership, Media

Tribes: All Tribes

The recent removal of the Redskins mascot from the NFL franchise located in Washington D.C. may have been long overdue, but this change is also reflective of current societal movements affecting all cultures in the U.S.  There are strong voices on both sides of the Redskins issue and critical topics of discussion and debate have surfaced in connection with equity, diversity, and inclusion.  The role of activism is highlighted during these times of change and topics that address identity, cultural appropriation, racism, and historical realities are of importance.  Possible approaches to resolution that span cultural division may include communication strategies that foster education, acceptance, and understanding.