End Racism Against Oklahoma’s Indigenous First People, END THE MASCOTS

End Racism Against Oklahoma’s Indigenous First People, END THE MASCOTS

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Jonathan Sharp started this petition to Joy Hofmeister Oklahoma State Superintendent and

END OKLAHOMAS PUBLIC SCHOOL MASCOTS!
RACISM HAS NO PLACE IN PUBLIC SCHOOL!
STUDENTS STAND UP AND TELL YOUR SCHOOLS, WE WONT PLAY UNTIL THEIR IS CHANGE✊�

As many of you probably DO NOT KNOW, derogatory terms such “S*v*ges” and “R*dsk*ns” were NEVER words Indigenous people used to describe themselves. Mascots names “Braves”, “Chiefs”, “Indians”, and “Warriors” were not given to honor Indigenous peoples. They were put in place in a time when people looked at “Indians” as the bad guy, the TV “Cowboys” enemy. Native Americans were seen as a mythological creature to the colonized world. It gave people a justified way to way to mock Indigenous people through mascot costumes. Racial slander such as “Scalp the Indians” became acceptable, and not seen as racist because it was seen as all in good fun or as part of school spirit. Mascots are a way to disguise racism. What better way to gain acceptance than to popularize the ideas by manipulating minds of young people to accept such degrading ideas during a time when Indigenous people were not allowed to voice their opinions? Make it fun and marketable then you have the approval of the masses who are actually allowed to voice their opinions, right? Human beings who should have been seen as the Honored Original Inhabitants, didn’t even have citizenship in their own homeland until the Indian Citizenship Act of 1924. Not a single one of the 60+ schools in Oklahoma with racially motivated mascot names asked the Native American population if it would ok to be mocked and slandered by opposing teams. Many of you want to be so quick to say it’s horrible and racist when Non-Natives where Native American Inspired Halloween Costumes but turn around and wear Cleveland Indians or Washington R*dsk*ns caps like it’s all of a sudden ok? There is NO difference! Racism is Racism! Put yourself in your Elders shoes and look through their eyes as an opposing team laughs and taunts in your elders face “Scalp those Indians”...

Please Contact Oklahoma State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister to SAY NO MORE Racially Motivated Mascots in Oklahoma Schools!
There are 60+ schools in Oklahoma with Racially Motivated Indigenous Mascots that must be changed! 

Oklahoma State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister 

​Phone: 405-521-3301 

​Twitter: @Joy4OK

Facebook: JoyforOklahoma

instagram: @joyhofmeister

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