Thursday, February 14, 2013
Braves scrap controversial spring cap
By David Schoenfield
The Atlanta Braves announced they will not be wearing the "screaming Indian" logo cap during spring training. Frankly, I was surprised the cap was approved in the first place, knowing it would inevitably lead to controversy.
Of course, the controversy about Native American nicknames in sports -- Braves, Indians, Redskins, etc. -- doesn't end with the logo on a cap. No matter your stand on the issues, I recommend you read Uni Watch maestro Paul Lukas' latest column at Playbook. He recently attended a symposium at the National Museum of the American Indian and talked to those whose opinions actually matter -- Native Americans.
One sample quote, from museum director Kevin Gover: "The practice of using Native mascots emerged at the same time the government was trying to destroy Native culture, Native language and Native traditions. The mascots therefore served the government's purpose of relegating Native culture to the past."