Mascot Song/Chief Dishonor
By Salvador Martinez
You are my rivals
Your Indians scalp my heart
My Indian image
With chiefs, redskins, and braves
Telling a tale
We’re all the same
Neglecting Indigenous ways
European stuffed doll
In buckskin and war paint
The crowd is pleased with your hoots
Continue to ride the horse painted
In sacred smiley faces
The road to Indian realism is nigher
To the vault of extinction
Problem is that these stereotypical words and images affect the public's perception of Indians even if individual Indians don't mind them. They also affect Native children who aren't mature enough to ignore them.
We can boil this down to simple mathematics. Say you're in a room with 99 other Indians. Someone comes in and starts insulting the group. Do you a) persuade 99 Indians to toughen up and ignore the taunts? Or b) persuade the insulter to stop insulting you?
Solution b) is obviously much simpler and easier to accomplish. Especially if some of the Indians are children who will need constant reinforcement.
And beyond this hypothetical scenario, b) is even more clearly the way to go. Unless you want a new full-time career, you can't spend your life teaching millions of Indians to toughen up. If you do teach them to ignore the insults somehow, the attackers will find other ways to vent their spleens.
In short, it's much better to remedy the prejudice at the source than to ignore it and hope it'll go away. As we've discussed before, stereotypes don't just go away "organically." They go away when activists make them go away.
For more on the subject, see Team Names and Mascots.