Racism Still--Is Anyone Surprised?

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Hockey. Racist?

Now the major question of yet another incident of outright racism at a sporting event this time in hocky should be "What are the consequences of the racist behavior?" and "Why does the NHL permit a team to promote and use a racist identity since the fans can see the racism, easily decide ii is supporting all forms of racism?"

I wonder:

  • Does the Rapid City Rushmore Civic Center have security cameras on the fans? Where is the footage of this horrible incident?
  • Why are there no criminal charges against those harassing the Native American attendees? Pouring beer on children is not harmless and neither is huring racist insults. Assault and battery seem legally appropriate charges.
  • Did the VIP suite owner know or should they have reasonably known the people they had in their suite were racist?
  • What are the legal past records of those in the suite and the owners, personally and corporatly of the suite--is there a pattern of this tye of behavior for any of those involved?
  • What is Rapid City, SD doing to address this racism and prevent it in the future as it is the owner of the venue?

If you are reading this and want this racism to stop I suggest you send a few letters, use local media and even email to draw attention to this situation. Boycott the sport, join a locat anti-racist group, keep the media involved and aware of ongoing racism and racist behavior, vote and always vote against racism. Make the good change happen.

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Silence supports the status quo. Your silence will support racism. Do NOT be silent.

Human Rights In the USA in Sports

Today President Obama called for an expansion of Human Rights worldwide. This is certainly needed. It is needed right in the USA, today, on our playing fields, from professional to the youngest children's games to the senior teams: NO use of Native American names, mascots or trademarks by teams not owned and operated by Native American tribes. This would be Human Rights for all Americans. cropped-people-not-mascots.jpg

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Mr Snyder, Are You Paying Attention....Yet?

Today the Fritz Pollard Alliance, a prominent civil rights organization specifically focused on racism in the NFL, joined the calls for the Washington, D.C.  NFL team to change its name. Mr. Pollard became Coach Pollard in a history worth knowing on Martin Luther King Day 2015. I applaud the Alliance for taking this strong stand and join, as a white American woman in their call to the teams, the players, the coaches, the staffs and the owners to make this change. It is long overdue. Racism affects every person on this planet. For our sports teams to pass demeaning racist stereotypes deliberately and knowingly along to our children and the world as a whole is a shameful disgrace.

My home team, the New England Patriots are happily headed to the Superbowl! Of course I want them to win. I also want the entire NFL to walk away from the racism of the Washington D.C. team name and logo since they all share in the profits together from each team in the league.

Today of all days we can and must do better.

Tax $ Support Racism

It is terrible to see tax dollars still supporting racism but it is true. Should the tax exempt status of the NFL offices be dropped the teams and league still have billions of dollars of income at their disposal to continue profitting from racism. This is not only about Native Americans, it is about how each and every American wants to see America as a country and us as a people with a shared history move into the future. The way teams are identified in sports continues teaching everyone stereotypes, sometimes at the youngest ages of childhood. We can and must do better.

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Today Our History Is Shared. Again.

In Minneapolis thousands of people came to protest the racist team name of the Washington D.C. NFL team when it played the Vikings. All Americans know history is in the past. This event is over. How many more must there be in our future?

Americans are better than the team, the identity and the racism. Send in your suggestions for new team names. Do not support the team or the league or those who sponsor them. The owners are businessmen. Show them we understand business. Get their attention. When their profits fall, so will the team names and identities.

Yikes Is An Understatement

This is honoring? Really?

Take a good look at this 1950's NFL team pennent. Mr. Snyder, are you still claiming this has always been to "honor" Native Americans? If you are, look again. Now do you see anything racist? If not show this to an expert on subconscious messaging:

Is all this team history honoring Native Americans?

It is time to change the name NFL owners. Are you listening? MLB the same issue applies to you.

All Native American Major League Team Identities Must Change

The Red****s issue in heating up and the same needs to happen for all Native Aerican team identities.

Here's a definition of racism I'm guessing most don't understand: Judging a group of people identified by race from a position of power. The "from a position of power" means only white people in America can be racist since overall it is white people in positions of power throughout America, in law, in society, in business and in politics.

When not white people judge white people negatively it is then called prejudice. Racism in this definition fits in the team discussions because the team owners of the Native American identified teams are wealthy, white and male--obviously each a position of power and when combined perhaps the most complete position of power in America today.

Cleveland fans--it is the 21st century, it is time to move away from both the MLB name and logo. Do the right thing finally. This is not some sort of PC issue, it is about real America, respect and decency for everyone and yes, rule of law. Once you know a fuller history of America turning people who were proud warriors, our ancestors' allies often, our ancestors' enemies occasionally and generally our neighbors today into cartdoon trivialities is just plain wrong.

Defining Raicsm, Again? Well, Yes.

Do you know that there is a serious conflict over the basic definition of racism in schools, organizations and general discussions?

  1. Does Racism = Prejudice + Power?
  2. Does Racism = Classification by "Race"?
  3. Does Racism = Ranking by "Race"?
  4. Does Racism = Raking by "Race" + from a Position of Power?

Does Race = Ancestry = Royal Power = Political Power?

Does Race = Skin Color + Physical Appearance?

The same discussion can be had over definitions of Power, Royalty which is important in ancestry, which includes families, of course, and Rank which goes to Power, Wealth and Royalty. Definitions matter.

Now, when considering racism it depends upon who you read, who you believe and what you were taught in school and in your family for whatever your personal definition of racism may be. The best full discussion I have found on the topic is here by Hoyt. This is important because if, from the very beginning of any conversation two individuals have different meanings for basic words an interaction which is well meant, one which could be a calm exploration of ideas can turn heated in an instant.

Example: Person of one color to another person of one color: "You know, of course, In America and Europe especially, only white people can be racist, right?" Depending upon the skin colors of the people involved it is easy to see a highly disruptive moment in the making. Everyone is some color after all.

The speaker assumes power is part of the definition of racism as in #1 and #4 above since in both Europe and America it is largely white people who hold positions of power in both societies. If the hearer of the question understands racism to be identification of "races" as in #2 or ranking of races on superior and inferior hierarchies as in #3 the conversation is in conflict before the real discussions even begin.

Global Currencies = Wealth Measures = Economic Power

Euro, Pound, Dollar, Yen

Royal Crowning = Privilege + Power + Wealth

Military Leadership Today = White Male

NFL Power Rankings

NLF Team Owners Ranks = White Male

Harvard Graduates = Achievement + Power + Diversity

To both sides of the discussion I have a question: if you cannot reach agreement on the very definition of the word racism how can there be any real successful movement forward to solutions on the actual world issues of exploitation, oppression, degradation and physical violence based on racial identity? Does success in one forum = success everywhere? Does one success = STOP?

I prefer clarity whenever possible, and chose simplicity as my goal. So I will keep my definition of Racism  = a classification of humans into a hierarchy of superior and inferior beings based on external physical characteristics with an emphasis on skin color as the primary identification of race. I will use Racial Oppression, White Privilege and White Supremacy to indicate the American and European white dominated societies. Now, it is time for us all to deal with the negative effects of this structure on everyone in those societies, in the entire world if we are honest.

Are you ready?

Turning the Corner

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We are all some race, the Human Race. External stereotypes harm everyone. 

In today's world, more connected and shared that at any time in history our lives are intertwined. Everywhere. Everyday. To claim to respect people while profitting from a stereotype is wrong. To deliberately turn an entire group of people into silly cartoons is wrong. To include brutal violence in a team fan behavior, even pretending it is "fun" is wrong.

We can do better. We should do better. What will you do today to move the change forward? 

NFL Do the Right Thing Now

It is time for the NLF to do the right thing, if MLB will not. Both sports are followed and enjoyed by their fans but finally they are businesses. It will be a sad day if it takes threats of financial loss to motivate the organizations to make the needed changes. The newly submitted bill to remove the NFL non-profit status is a strong step yet the change should happen no matter what happens to the bill. Thanks to Sen. Cantwell, Sen. Reid and Sen. Johnson for taking a stand. We all can and must:

Yes Racism Is Real--as if we need confirmation

Racism continues in sports. In the NBA. As long as any major league sport has the divisions in ownership, management, players, fans and team identities so clearly divided along racial lines racism will continue. 

What is racism again? To keep the air clear and any discussion focused I'll stay with the major dictionary definition: 

  a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race

Notice the basic act upon which the belief is founded is beyond the control of each and every person alive today. It is the thinking which says "by my birth I am better than you, or worse than you, always and forever, no matter what I do or do not do in life." Who I am, what I can do, what I have done and what I will do is irrelevant. Who you are, what you can do, what you have done and what you will do is also irrelevant. This belief is factually wrong, as current science well proves. We are one race, the human race. 

 

 

It is time for the major sports teams in all sports to face this, open the discussion and begin by formally renouncing all racist team identities be they racist and endorsing racial ranking or exploitation in name, logo. mascot or fan behavior.

What actions can you take if you support identifying and changing all racism in sports? Keep reading, more coming soon, specifics and an open discussion for real changes, sooner rather than later. 

Thinking Ahead about a Head

When a child is involved the adults need to be adults. This did not happen here. While it is easy to blame the school district in my experience most mothers do understand if something aobut their life or their family's life is a bit unusual. Why did the mom not read the handbook carefully and at least ask a question before sending her son to school? Does the school district have the children come to the registration or meet the children before the first day of school? My children visited the teacher for kindergarten before the first day, to learn the classroom and meet the teacher. 

The child's view of school is something to see. Add to a rather unusual perspective the stress of new faces, new places and lots of excitement some advance thinking can keep the first day positive. Cultural challenges can be well managed with a bit of forethought. Folks, with children we do have to think ahead. That is what being an adult is all about. 

Some Good News

Good News happens: another media outlet, this time an major one, bans a team name from its coverage. Congrats to the Washington Post for taking a stand against the Washington, D.C. NFL team name. I am issuing them a challenge: ban all racist team names and logos/mascots from their coverage, in all media outlets. That can be good important news. 

To the team owners: if you are concerned over possible peer pressure criticism at the rarefied heights you each live at why not be leaders in those circles? Change the conversation, start with the small comments, move to the larger forums and then if need be use social pressure to create change rather than reinforce the status quo.

Exploiting indigenous identities for profit is not a credible or smart position to hold in the 21st century.  Do you really think Native Americans have forgotten the past? I know they have not. The world has not forgotten. People everywhere do not ignore indigenous tribal realities today. They shape America, they shape our world, they shape your lives. 

Diversity Now

Diversity Now is complicated. The latest research shows just how complicated. Various ethinic groups see diversity differently. However all research shows diversity strenghtens all decision making in all group and at any levels. Does diversity start with different genders?

Does it take simply members of different sexual orientations to create a diverse environment?

Or does it need those of different ages?

Of does diversity require both men and women in positions of authority?

Or does it require different backgrounds?

      

Or does diversity have to have those of different nationalities?

Or does it build from those with  different skin colors?

Or does diversity require those who are rich and those who are poor?

Or does it call for those with different religious beliefs?

Or does diversity at all levels need all of the above? Reality certainly holds all of the above.