CSUSB professor, students, weigh in on debate over using Native Americans as sports mascots

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The Press Enterprise — The Fall Classic showcasing the forlorn Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians also has revived the contentious debate over the use of Native American mascots for pro, college and high school sport teams – including several schools across Southern California.

“They’re back in the World Series,” said James Fenelon, professor of sociology and director of the Center for Indigenous Peoples Studies at Cal State San Bernardino. “And, sure enough, people are coming out in flat-out racist imagery and actions, dancing around and prancing.”

Fenelon, a Lakota-Dakota scholar, said a study he conducted in recent years found a large majority of American Indians took offense at the name “Redskins.”

Also quoted in the article were CSUSB students Mario Castellano and Charli Eaton.

The article was published Oct.27, 2016, and also appeared in other Southern California News Group newspapers such as The Sun and Long Beach Press-Telegram.

Read the complete article at “Is Cleveland Indians’ Chief Wahoo mascot an honor or an insult?

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