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Indian mascots from another view

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Google “Redskins” and you will sift through four pages of game recaps and analysis and Robert Griffin III updates before you finally find someone disgusted by the name of the team. The periodic furor over the name Redskins, which many perceive to be racist, can be drowned in footballisms with just one win. One more victory and it’s temporary amnesia.

In the same turn it doesn’t appear to bother many people that two baseball playoff teams make reference to our continent’s indigenous people. The Cleveland Indians and the Atlanta Braves are both very good teams, almost good enough to make us forget Cleveland’s toothy red-faced caricature Chief Wahoo mascot, or Atlanta’ rock-on-a-stick tomahawk logo and the fans rhythmic hand gesture cheer called the tomahawk chop, sometimes performed in unison with a supposed native-style musical chant that sounds like it was written for a cowboys and Indians Saturday matinee.

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