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espn.com: Great failure of the Indians mascot debate is thinking of it only as racism

29.10.16

Great failure of the Indians mascot debate is thinking of it only as racism: [Sterling HolyWhiteMountain, Special to ESPN.com] For many reservation people, the truth of the Wahoo image has been slow to arrive. Even if we have difficulty admitting it, we're aware that Indian people come in all shapes, sizes, colors and attitudes. Although Wahoo is based on a degrading stereotype stemming from a time when America was trying to destroy American Indian people while simultaneously mocking and romanticizing us, it is difficult for that stereotype to take hold in a place where 99 percent of the people are Indian. Like people in any dynamic community, we see each other every day (for better and for worse). There is a palpable distance between the falsehood of the stereotype and our lived experience; Wahoo is overcome by the reality of real Indians, with real names, real hungers, real loves and real problems. Yet reservation Indians live with the difficulties of the noble-savage stereotype each time we cross the boundary lines of our respective homelands and enter that other world called America. We deal with the difficulty of overwhelming American ignorance regarding Indian people -- something Indians who live off-reservation deal with every day.


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