High School Native Mascot, School War Chant, & Eliminating the Word ‘Squaw’

NativeTalk.net podcast with Cliff & Chippewa Ron – Political correctness is no doubt out of control in todays society, and it seems people are getting offended with the smallest of triggers. Our sensitivity bar is set pretty high, and it takes an awful lot to offend us. So today on the NativeTalk.net radio podcast, we present part 2 (of 2) of what we’re calling “Angry Indians”. Is it justified? or is it Political Correctness gone mad? And what does it say with many of these stories when, indeed, even WE are offended? Download and listen to the full show by clicking the link to get the audio file directly.

On todays show we start with a High School which instead of a class president, elects a class Indian Chief. This fellow then shows up at all the sports games in full “Indian” war regalia and leads the student section in whooping it up all throughout the game. In a similar story, the University of Illinois has long had a tradition of playing a Native American inspired war song as they march under a giant Native American looking balloon. Both schools have just this year suspended the practice. Did they make the right decision? Finally, a Utah Native is making moves to have the local Utah Squaw Peak name changed. He is making a larger argument that the word itself should be banned from our lexicon. What does the word mean? Is it really a derogatory word? (for those not listening to the audio file, I didn’t at first but I changed my mind and do think it should be eliminated)

 Listen to us discuss all this and more by downloading the audio file directly. We’ll be back next week with more stimulating Native Talk Radio and part 2 of our “Angry Indians” series of stories and try to determine if the stories presented are worth fighting against. See you next week, and visit us online at NativeTalk.net to download all our past shows! See you next week~!

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