Change the Cherokee High School Mascot

Change the Cherokee High School Mascot

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Maya Zarcone started this petition to Cherokee High School and

Symbols are important.

They represent people, values, and countries. However, that doesn't mean they can't be changed or modified. Symbols are given meaning by the people who are represented by them, not the other way around. The Chief is not the identity of Cherokee High School. Cherokee High School's identity is defined by the character and actions of the students. It's about time the Cherokee Chief is changed. Native American organizations have been calling to remove Native American mascots for years. 

Many native people see mascots such as the Chiefs as mocking to Native American people. Despite these mascots trying to be respectful, a culture is not a costume. A person's heritage or culture should not be made into a mascot. Think about it, if a school mascot showed a person of any other ethnicity, people would be outraged. It would be terrible if a mascot were an Asian person or African American person. But, for some reason, Native American mascots are allowed and tolerated. 

Native American organizations are speaking out against mascots like these. The National Congress of American Indians said, "these caricatures and stereotypes are harmful, perpetuate negative stereotypes of America’s first peoples, and contribute to a disregard for the personhood of Native peoples."

There is also research for how these mascots psychologically affect people. In 2019, a comprehensive review of studies was published in the journal Race, Ethnicity, and Education. This analysis concluded that Native American mascots are harmful to everyone. “Although most people in the U.S. do not perceive Native American mascots as problematic, all of the academic studies undertaken to study the psychosocial effects of these mascots demonstrate either direct negative effects on Native Americans or that these mascots activate, reflect, and/or reinforce stereotyping and prejudice among non-Native persons. Based on this concise, but consistent, body of research evidence, we conclude that it is past time to eliminate Native American mascots in educational (and other) settings throughout the United States.”

In fact, the state of Maine banned Native American mascots because they were a "source of pain" to Maine tribes. People across the country are calling for change. 

Let's be part of the solution. Please sign this petition to change the Cherokee mascot.

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