December 15, 2013 |
The best sports nicknames connote power, speed, bravery and even whimsy. But many fans say they see something else in some of the country's most popular team names and mascots - racism. The Oneida Indian Nation is pressuring the NFL and Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to change that team's name and logo, which many Native Americans say is offensive. And thousands of baseball fans have signed an online petition asking the Cleveland Indians to retire Chief Wahoo, the team's smiling, red-faced caricature.
May 23, 2012
Re "Oregon forbids Native American mascots," May 20 Native Americans have faced numerous battles. They have been victims of genocide - and people continue to view them as mascots? Team mascots are typically animals, occupations and objects. With so many Native American mascots, are Native Americans part of that group as well? Nobody seems to care about the things these people have already faced. I am glad some are finally reversing course. Every board of education throughout the country should follow Oregon's lead and ban such offensive mascots.
October 31, 2013 |
"MasterChef Junior" (Fox, Friday). This small-fry-ification of "MasterChef," hosted as in the grown-up version by Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot, ends its first season (of what I hope will be many) this week, with a semifinals-to-finals double header that will earn one talented child $100,000 and a handsome keepsake trophy. Only four, chosen from an auditioning horde of thousands, remain. [ Updated, Nov. 3, 1:43 a.m. : It turned out that only the semi-finals aired Nov. 1; the finals -- Alexander vs. Dara -- will take place this Friday.
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December 16, 1995 |
Selina Seal, Dana Dolphin, Sally Swallow and Corky Coyote are the people's choice. Those are the recycling mascots chosen by adult and child residents of San Clemente, Dana Point, San Juan Capistrano and Laguna Niguel, respectively, as part of a new public awareness program. Coordinated by Solag Disposal Co., the program aims to get residents, especially children, in the habit of recycling, said Daniel Batty, recycling manager for San Juan Capistrano-based Solag.
September 17, 2005
I watched in horror as the "Burger King" King mascot danced into the end zone during a commercial. Don't we realize how offensive that is to kings and kingdoms everywhere? CHRIS MACDONALD San Clemente
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January 18, 1998
Re "Suite Targets Schools' Ban on Indian Mascots," Jan.8 In response to the boosters who are suing the schools, I say, "Get a life!" If American Indians donot want to be your mascots, leave them alone. Pick an animal or something else. The money being spent on lawyers and frivolous lawsuits should be spent on tutoring programs, textbooks or helping low-income students. How about donating money to the Native American Rights Fund? MILAGRO BUNKERS Glendale I pity Eugene Herrod (of)