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"Retire Indian Mascots" 

Beyond the Spin: Week 19

From: WEAA
Series: Beyond the Spin
Length: 54:29

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This week, we explore the issue of racist sport team mascots - specifically those that use stereotypes of Native Americans - and how America's poor actually underwrite the wealth of the rich.

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Do you ever feel a twinge of discomfort when you look at the Cleveland Indians mascot, a goofy-grinned Native American caricature? On this episode of Beyond the Spin, we start by exploring the issue of racist sport team mascots, specifically those that use stereotypes of Native Americans. Our incredible roundtable includes:

  • Suzan Shown Harjo, (Cheyenne & Hodulgee) President of The Morning Star Institute, a national Native rights organization, columnist for Indian Country Today Media Network, and past Executive Director of the National Congress of American Indians;
  • Mark Trahant, an independent print and media journalist;
  • Ellen Staurowsky, Professor in the Department of Sports Management at the Goodwin School of Professional Studies at Drexel University;
  • and Marge Kalama, host of the show TalkingDrum and Our People and Mother Earth on KWSO in Warm Springs, OR.

We close out Beyond the Spin with an interview with Imara Jones, economic justice contributor for Colorlines.org. Jones discusses one of his recent articles, which argues that the United States is in financial dire straits because the poor -- through skewed values in the US tax code -- actually underwrite the wealth of the rich.

 

Piece Description

Do you ever feel a twinge of discomfort when you look at the Cleveland Indians mascot, a goofy-grinned Native American caricature? On this episode of Beyond the Spin, we start by exploring the issue of racist sport team mascots, specifically those that use stereotypes of Native Americans. Our incredible roundtable includes:

  • Suzan Shown Harjo, (Cheyenne & Hodulgee) President of The Morning Star Institute, a national Native rights organization, columnist for Indian Country Today Media Network, and past Executive Director of the National Congress of American Indians;
  • Mark Trahant, an independent print and media journalist;
  • Ellen Staurowsky, Professor in the Department of Sports Management at the Goodwin School of Professional Studies at Drexel University;
  • and Marge Kalama, host of the show TalkingDrum and Our People and Mother Earth on KWSO in Warm Springs, OR.

We close out Beyond the Spin with an interview with Imara Jones, economic justice contributor for Colorlines.org. Jones discusses one of his recent articles, which argues that the United States is in financial dire straits because the poor -- through skewed values in the US tax code -- actually underwrite the wealth of the rich.

 

Timing and Cues

This show consists of 2 segments. Segment 1 is 27:00. Segment 2 is 27:29. Stations can put a break between the 2 segments, as well as at the beginning and/or end of the hour.

Additional Credits

Hosted by Marc Steiner
Produced by Stefanie Mavronis, Mark Gunnery, and Bobby Marvin Holmes

Related Website

https://www.facebook.com/BeyondTheSpin