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Debate Score:248
Arguments:70
Total Votes:278
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Change School Mascots

Should school mascots be changed to make them politically correct?

Yes

Side Score: 106
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No

Side Score: 142
8 points

I say we should change mascots to be pollitically correct because it can be offensive. Like people might be offended by the native american mascots if they are native american and the mascot is doing something weird.

Side: Yes
19chaen(17) Disputed
5 points

Why would they take offense now? They have had these mascots and names for years! The stereotypes they also went along with too.

Side: No
19areschke(8) Disputed
5 points

Even though the mascots may seem offensive, people need to have common sense. The mascot that they choose is never intentional of purposely be offenive

Side: No
19ajones(3) Disputed
2 points

They may be offensive, but they may not be trying. They still are offensive to some people, you have to be careful for what you say is and is not offensive

Side: Yes
braeden13(19) Disputed
3 points

levister says that mascots are offensive but I disagree. Mascots are not offensive because a mascot is more of a tradition than to be racist. Therefore people should just keep their own mascot so their won't be a big uproar. ("Arab Americans cry foul over California high school mascot")

Side: No
7 points

I say we should change mascots to be pollitically correct because it can be offensive. Like people might be offended by the native american mascots if they are native american and the mascot is doing something weird.

Side: Yes
7 points

If schools start changing there names other schools with somewhat offensive names will start changing to and eventually the nation will have no racist or offensive names. When more and more schools start switching the teams that are left with the racial names will fell the urge to change there name.

Side: Yes
19TrentC(4) Disputed
1 point

If no one changes their names in the first place, nothing would happen. No one would feel the urge to change their name. You can just keep the names the same and don't worry about the names.

Side: No
5 points

They should change the mascots, because it can be harmful to natives. What would happen is that kids at school would call the natives the "Team Names" which would be like the Redskins, or other native or Indian names. It would hurt the kids so much that the parents would have to take their kids out of school. So I think that they should change the mascots.

Side: Yes
5 points

When natives watch the football teams they like, they are practically being mocked. Therefore, its not fair to them to have to be mocked for watching something they love.

Side: Yes
5 points

I believe that mascots should be changed to be more politically correct. Many teams use mascots based on Native Americans that are in many ways offensive. Many people take great offense in a mascot based after a group, such as Native Americans. A national campaign called "change the mascot" was created to end the use of racial slurs such as mascot names because of people offended by this racial epithet. Having a Native American as your mascot not only is extremely stereotypical, it can also be extremely degrading. A team called the "Arabs" in California uses a mascot at it's game, that is a snarling, bushy Arabian man. If you believe that that is okay, you need to see this mascot for yourself. This mascot has offended so many people, it's crazy. Also, if team names and mascots were changed, the teams would be strengthened, and there would be more fans. If you were Native American and you saw the same dark skinned mascot with a feathered headdress at every game, would you be offended? You probably would be. Another thing is that teams with mascots and names like that get a lot of hate, which brings down the confidence of the team and people of that school or state, causing the team to do worse and the people to be unhappier. All of these politically incorrect mascots and names create so much unhappiness that we could avoid, it just isn't worth it.

Side: Yes
5 points

I say we should change mascots to be politically correct because some people would take great offense. Its really disrespectful to hundreds of American Indian tribes across the United States. All of the tribes has there own culture and traditions but the mascots are showing them in a cartoonish and stereotypical way. Also the state of Wisconsin passed a law that bans mascots, logos and nicknames based on Native Americas. Another point is that the members of the Sioux tribe sued the university of North Dakota for keeping the nickname Fighting Sioux. Therefore I think we should change the mascots to be politically correct. My sources are the article Honor or Insult.

Side: Yes
4 points

A point i would like to make is that a guy named Abel cooper took his daughter to a high school football game where she ended up crying when the mascots came running out. The cheerleader/mascot was wearing a headdress and buckskin clothing a typical stereotype.

Side: Yes
5 points

names like chiefs, redskins black hawks Indians and Aztecs are highly offensive to native americans. Therefhttp://www.newrepublic.com/article/115106/ranking-racist-sports-team-mascots-names-and-logosore they should change it. source

Side: Yes
4 points

You can't have teams out there being called names that they are not. You can't be having them called The Redskins, or The Jews or something like that. They don't have the right to be called that.

Side: Yes
19TrentC(4) Disputed
2 points

19ajones, there are teams and mascots all over the world that are like animals or something like that, it wouldn't be any different than being called the Redskins or something like that.

Side: No
4 points

I say that we should change mascots also because using Native American sports references is a sign of disrespect. Every single one of the hundreds of Native American tribes across the nation have different cultures and traditions. Yet, tons of the teams referencing different tribes wear the same headdresses and war paints that not all tribes wear. Also, opposing mascots discuss often how they think the teams show off Indian Culture in a cartoon-ish way. It makes all tribes seem the same and not at all different.

Side: Yes
4 points

I say that mascots should be changed to be more politically correct also because teams that use offensive names like this get a lot of hate. A school in California uses the name "Arabs" and their mascot is a snarling Arabian man, which causes much hate from other schools around the world, and other local schools. With the school getting hate, it could cause students to become unhappy, possibly bullied. This could result in the students doing very serious, permanent things.

Side: Yes
3 points

I say that schools should change their mascots if they appear offensive. Because if a mascot is of an Arab then it could be quite offensive to Arab-Americans if the mascot looks angry and does strange things. One reason is it could be stereo typically offensive. Such as the ¨redskins¨ which means the scalp of an Indian. Which would be highly offensive. Another reason is they may be misunderstood. My example of that is the native american head dress with feathers meaning honor yet a mascot could use it with no idea of the meaning. Lastly, it could give a bad image of Indians or Arabs. Because they could have a bad or strange depiction of Arabs. So schools should change their mascot if it offends or shows something it shouldn't of someone/something.

Side: Yes
19tholz(5) Disputed
3 points

but the city would not be what they are now if it wasn't for the Arabs, so they did it as an honor to them

Side: No
19TrentC(4) Disputed
2 points

Yeah, but if the city is symbolized by an Arab, that shows the history of the city and the pride of the town

Side: No
2 points

I think some schools should change their mascots, one example why is most native american mascots are shown in a cartoonist way. Basically they are making native Americans look bad with every thing they show about them, Such as: cheer leaders wearing a headdress, and all this team apparel making the native Americans look like bad things like head hunters. The teams are making a stereotype of what all the native Americans are thought of.

Side: Yes
19tholz(5) Disputed
2 points

They might be cartoons but they can't take a real picture of an Indian and put it as their sports logo, they could be more defended by that anyway.

Side: No
19TrentC(4) Disputed
2 points

It's not stereotyping, it is just showing off the amazing mascot that they have. They aren't going to take a picture of a real native american and use that as their logo, t hey want to make their picture really cool.

Side: No
19hnielsen(27) Disputed
2 points

They are not making Native Americans look bad. they are just showing off their mascot if anything raising knowledge of Native Americans.

Side: No
2 points

I don't think it makes them look bad entirely. But i definitely see your point about wearing apparel and stereotyping what they look like.

Side: Yes
2 points

According to the article "honor or insult." Many schools have decided to change their mascots because students or fans were not proud of the mascot. Either they were funny or a joke or they were racist. In 1972 Stanford Univercity became one of the first major collages to drop its Native American mascot/logo to something different. Many other colleges have also switched their mascots/logos like St. John's Univercity in New York, and so did the Univercity of Illinois.

Side: Yes
2 points

I say that school mascots should be changed

Stereo typing is bad. Ayoub said that in nearly 10 years in civil rights he have never encountered a more egregious case of stereotyping. Each has its own culture and traditons. Yet many American Indian mascots wear feathered headdresses and war paint. They often carry tomahawks opponents of these mascots say they show American Indian culture in a cartoonish way.

Names Changing. In 1972 Stanford University became one of the first major schools to change the nickname and other schools followed. Like North Dakota use to be The fighting sioux and St. John's was the Redman now red storm.

I think that school mascots should be changed

Side: Yes
19jtrevethan(3) Disputed
2 points

But we don't always know if they are tryin to be a stereo type on purpose try could just be using a item for their mascot to make twit school stand out, or from what 19tchristoffel said, maybe it's something that represents their town, but it can offend other people. But you can never infer that something is a stereo type. You need to get full out facts to help you think about it first.

Side: No
2 points

I think that people should respect cultures they shouldn't just use a Indian if there not even Indian its just disrespectful to just make a mascot that is not resist because using a different culture mascot could be disrespectful to all cultures and i think that schools should be learning to respect cultures not disrespect. Arab head, hook-nose, long-beard, headscarf and all on mascot could be offensive to cultures.

Side: Yes
19jtrevethan(3) Disputed
2 points

It's not usually disrespectful, because when they were asked to make the changes on the mascot they did so how can it be more disrespectful if they satisfied peoples complaints?'

Side: No
2 points

the fact that even one person is offended by a mascot is sickening. Any mascot that hurts someones feelings or makes an entire race or culture look bad has to be changed, it is just like bullying. Even if nobody is around to be hurt by it, it still can be disrespectful or inaccurate. Support your own state's laws (yes there is a law in Wisconsin that puts a ban on mascots based on cultures and races). They are people to.

Supporting Evidence: they are people to (www.indianmascots.com)
Side: Yes
7 points

Mascot are not racist on purpose! The only way they can be offensive is if it is offensive. coachella valley high schools superintevdent said mascots are not meant to be harmful.

Therefore mascots are not racist.

source http://www.newsweek.com/mind-your-own-mascot-157357

Side: No
7 points

I think we should not change names because at a school they threw out there entire school board to do so.

Side: No
21eharvey Disputed
1 point

I think that they should change because one day a father took his daughter to a football game and the team was named the Redskins. The cheerleaders came out with a feathered dress on their heads and war paint on them. I then occurred to them that they were being mocked because they were from a native American tribe. The daughter started to cry and asking her dad if they could leave. The father then talked to a writer from the article Insult or honor and said, "That day would have to be the worst day of my life because no only my daughter cried but I was being mocked by people who I didn't even know which hurts a lot more."

Side: Yes
7 points

I say in my opinion that they should not ban native american mascots because, for example, the Florida State mascot is a native American and people say they should ban that but he is not doing any harm to the Natives. They are showing pride for there school and to the natives, plus do you see any native american mascots doing anything offensive or inappropriate? Because I don't, all I see them do is just ride on a horse and go around with a big flag of there college team all around the stadium. So I hoped I proved my point of not banning the school mascots.

Side: No
7 points

Traditions these will all change by the name and mascot name and figure. Many people will throw away money because they have to get the new decorations.

Side: No
6 points

I say we shouldn't change the school mascots Because a lot of people love their mascots and they don't mean it in a racist way. In Coahcella valley they are proud to be called the "Arabs" and the mascot has changed over the years with the culture so they don't offend the Arabian Americans. Another thing is that most mascots have been there for 50-60 years maybe even longer.

Side: No
LEVISTER(26) Disputed
8 points

Yes most mascots dont mean to be offensive but some do and as the number of offensive mascots grow schools should start changing their names quick!

Side: Yes
braeden13(19) Clarified
8 points

are you saying some mascots are purposefully being offensive or that some are just offensive to certain people.

Side: Yes
7 points

19chaen says that they shouldn't change mascots and I agree.

Because IN one city the local community tossed out most of the school board because they changed the mascot therefore mascots shouldn't be changed.

Side: No
6 points

I think that mascots should not be changed because it could change the whole community. for example When marquette got rid of the chief there was a 1,200 person protest and they changed it back. Source- "MIND YOUR OWN MASCOT" article.

Side: No
6 points

I say mascots shouldn't be changed because if kids want to have more school spirit and it would be way more easier to have a mascot that all of the kids enjoy to have and would also love to have more fun if the mascot would be better than a state mandatory mascot. And finally kids would have a better at school, learn more, and enjoy coming to school on a daily basis.

Side: No
LEVISTER(26) Disputed
8 points

Adler Reschke says that the mascots shouldn't change because there will be more school spirit but if they change it to a non offensive mascot, native americans will like them better and they will still have just as much team spirit.

Side: Yes
6 points

Another things kids are taking this too far! They are starting to get more violent when people are taking away their mascots. Teachers that went along with switching the mascots got their car keyed or even their tires popped.

Side: No
6 points

The Arabs have had there mascots for many years and nobody had a problem then but ever since 9/11 people suddenly want the name to change. I find that to be not a reason to change. they should keep the name but if they feel the need to they can decide wether if they change the name or not since there is no law against name I find this not racist.

Side: No
6 points

Mascots are a tradition to people and would devastate them if someone changed it. source http://www.newsweek.com/mind-your-own-mascot-157357

Side: No
6 points

Kids don't like original mascots, kids like unique mascots and kids also have a school experience than if they only had a regular mascot because kids will have more fun showing school spirit. Therefore we shouldn't change native mascots.

Side: No
6 points

The Arabs have had there mascots for many years and nobody had a problem then but ever since 9/11 people suddenly want the name to change. I find that to be not a reason to change. they should keep the name but if they feel the need to they can decide wether if they change the name or not since there is no law against name I find this not racist.

Side: No
6 points

They should not ban the native mascots because, they have honor and maturity. So what I mean by that is, that the teams with the native american mascots are honoring them for what they did for there people. Another thing is the maturity, people these days people are mature enough to understand that the Native American mascots were meant in a good way and not to be racist or offend anyone.

Side: No
19kmcdermot(9) Disputed
2 points

Chris says that Native American teams are honoring those Native Americans, but I disagree because there are many teams that, although the names aren't the problem, have degrading mascots. Teams like the "Arabs" from a school in California, use a terribly degrading costume. It completely insults Arabian people. Although this is not a Native American example, there are Native American teams that do this. Therefore, most teams named after groups like this, are actually not honoring those groups, the are insulting them.

Side: Yes
1 point

This was the main source I used for this debate http://www.debate.org/opinions/should-native-american-mascots-be-banned

Side: No
1 point

I think that the schools mascots shouldn't have to change, because the schools mascot could reflect on the town's history and it symbolizes the pride and the spirit of the town and school.

Side: No
1 point

The arabs are the mascot for the high school because they were the first people to be there and make it a community.

Side: No
19neichstaed(9) Disputed
1 point

even though it may show the towns history they could still change it to something that represents the same thing but yet is not offensive to native Americans

Side: Yes
19tholz(5) Disputed
1 point

That make no sense. They are doing it in honor not to be offensive.

Side: No
21eharvey Disputed
1 point

Well, do you think that it is ok to change the name to Redskins when only two people on the team are Native Americans. That is just like saying we are going to start a team and the team name is yellow jackets because two people like yellow jackets. I think the whole discrimination is true and I think it was started because they people who weren't Native Americans got mad that the team name because they didn't like it because it didn't represent them. So they kept the name to hurt, offend, and lower peoples self-esteem.

Side: Yes
1 point

I am against mascots that are racist because people don't want to go to a school with a funny or embarrassing mascot. Abel cooper who is a Indian man said "his daughter became so offended, her eyes filled with tears and she asked if she could leave."

Side: No
1 point

I think they shouldn't have to change the mascots because a lot of mascots are about their history, like one high school named their mascot the Arabs because they started the community with date farms. Also they name then like that as an honor to them for what they have done and how proud they are of them. Also to show awareness about them, so people can respect and know about the culture of the mascot.

Side: No
1 point

I say that coach valley high school should not change their mascot because trading with the Arab people was part of their heritage and they grow date palm shoots which only grow there and in India so it makes a proper mascot to use and they do not mean to offend anyone they just want to use a mascot that relates to that area.

Side: No
1 point

I also say that they should not ban school mascots that are Native American because they don't have them to be fascist they have them to honor the Native American people for what they did. It's not to be rasist it's to honor them for what they have done.

Side: No
1 point

It isnt that big of a deal they have the patriots and that is a white mascot but that isn't racist plus people need to stop being so sensitive it is just a name.

Side: No
21eharvey Disputed
1 point

It is not just a name it can hurt, offend, Insult and lower their self-esteem. I believe that because a lot of team with names of "Redskins and Indians" stereotype the Indians. One way is that they wear headdresses and war paint, not all Indians wear headdresses and war paint. Another way is that all different tribes have different traditions and religious beliefs. Found from Insult or honor.

Side: Yes
1 point

I believe that the mascots should not be changed for many reasons like, it should be an honor to be the mascot of a school, it has been their mascot for awhile why change it now, and the schools are not purposely trying to be rude.

Side: No
1 point

I say they shouldn't have to change the school mascots! They were the ones that picked it and had every right to keep it as it is! The school isn't purposely trying to be demeaning, some people are proud of it, and the school has changed it, hoping to satisfy peoples' complaints.

Side: No
1 point

Exactly, the school's mascot could show the pride of the town and they are just going to take their pride away! That's not fair.

Side: No