Nike, Inc.: Stop selling products that feature grotesque Native caricatures and offensive slogans on gear for the Cleveland Indians, the Washington football team and Florida State University.
Join RH Reality Check, Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry, and other signers to tell Nike it's time to stop selling gear printed with offensive Native mascots and racist slogans.
Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry, a group of Native parents and allies from across the country are calling on Nike, Inc. to live up to their stated commitment to diversity and inclusion, and immediately stop selling products that feature grotesque Native caricatures and offensive slogans on gear for the Cleveland Indians, the Washington football team and Florida State University.
Some fans and team owners keep denying that these offensive mascots and slogans are meant to be degrading. But when Cleveland fans paint themselves red like the Chief Wahoo logo and wear feathered headdresses, Native Americans in their community, like Chiricahua Apache elder Robert Roche, do not feel honored.
Native parents who must work to protect their children from absorbing society's low expectations of their potential do not feel that their families are honored. And as the American Psychology Association said in their 2005 resolution against Native mascots, these caricatures appear "to have a negative impact on the self-esteem of American Indian children," and narrow the ways they can see themselves by reminding them that others in society view them in a negative, limited way.
It's time to listen to Native Americans. Racist caricatures of marginalized people are always hurtful and degrading, and these mascots have no place on the gear of a company like Nike that says it wants to be inclusive and respectful of diversity.