The Sports Mascot Controversy

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April 18, 2015, 2:00 PM CT

Presented by Travis Larsen

The use of Native American imagery for sports mascots has a long and controversial history. Whereas some proponents say that the mascots honor native cultures, others argue that they reinforce ethnic stereotypes and cultural misunderstanding. Universities such as Stanford and Marquette have changed their team names and mascots in response to the debate. Other teams, however, have fought cases in court in order to preserve their mascot images. This presentation will explore the history of these images, the controversies surrounding them, and the various ways sports teams have changed, eliminated, or defended the use of Native American-themed mascots.

Ellis County Historical Society
100 W 7th St
Hays, KS 67601-4429
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Sponsored by: Ellis County Historical Society

For more information about this event, please contact:
Donald H. Westfall
(785) 628-2624