Another day, another shooting. Ferguson, Mo. yesterday. Tragically sad and far too true. While we can open discussions--and many are--stage protests--and many are I wonder: who is looking at removing racism where it is highly present and very visible in American society? racism that the racists use to support their racism. Yes, the sports teams' identities. One week from now the Cleveland MLB team comes to Boston's Fenway Park.
Does anyone beside me care that we are teaching our children racism through this team's identity and mascot? If you do please contact me at SANoble@outlook.com and share this throughout social media. All of us need to face the simple fact that thse teams identities(NFL, MLB, etc) that use Native American names and images give support to racists everywhere.
I have asked Mayor Walsh and Governor Baker to open discussions, formal conferences and community outreach on this topic. To date I have a note from the Governor's staff thanking me "for being in the converation" and a conversation with the Mayor's staff but nothing formal by way of support from either. The same is true in my outreach to various faith groups, most espeically the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston.
I am no longer willing to remain silent while racial violence continues, entrenched housing practices perpetuate race based isolation and marginalization, racially divided school districts proliferate and Native American communities, both reservation based and urban, remain close to invisible. Finally, having spent time on the demonstration lines in Cleveland, Ohio and in the online MLB fan communities I know racism is horribly and powerfully alive and well in sports communities and far too often hiding behind the names and imagery of sports teams.
When will the leagues step up and recognize they and the cities they play in are profitting from this racism, supporting and endorsing this racism? When will the faith leaders put actions behind their words and take a stand against this racism? When will people, like those of you reading this post do the right thing and demand change, use all resources to move the topic into the mainstream? It took one courageous woman to bring down one Confederate flag in South Carolina but confronting the racism in Native American team identities(when the teams are not owned by Native American comunities will take leadership from those holding leadership positions, support from informed and caring fans and an educational effort reaching across America. How many more must die, how much more property must be destroyed and how much more tragedy must we live thrugh before we find the courage to confront this issue?