Are Indian Sports Team Mascots Offensive?
The controversies over using Indian mascots for athletic teams illustrate these symbolic battles. Is there any real harm in using team names such as
“Indians,” “Seminoles,” or “Braves”? Are people who object to these names carrying political correctness and sensitivity
too far? Or, does this practice reflect the way Indians are seen in the larger society? If they are seen primarily as exaggerated, stereotypical caricatures, can
they expect to generate much interest, support, or sympathy in the larger society?