Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication (AEJMC)

RESOLUTION:

Whereas: During the last (2000) AEJMC [Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication] convention held in Phoenix, Arizona, the Minorities and Communication [MAC] Division sponsored a session entitled "New Faces of an Ancient People."

And Whereas: All four Native American speakers during that session called for schools, colleges and professional teams to cease using Native American mascots and nicknames, such as Redskins, Indians, Braves, Fighting Sioux, which they considered to be demeaning.

And Whereas: the MAC Division during its business session approved a resolution calling upon schools, colleges and professional teams to cease using such nicknames and mascots.

And Whereas: Earlier this year the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights called for "an end to the use of Native American images and team names by non-Native schools" and said it believed that the use of such images and nicknames "is insensitive and should be avoided."

BE IT RESOLVED:
1) That the Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication condemns the use of Native American nicknames and mascots by non-Native schools and professional teams and calls upon its members and associates to do whatever they can to end such use.

2) That AEJMC commends the actions of those schools, colleges and professional teams that have already gotten rid of their Native American nicknames and mascots.

3) That AEJMC commends, for their forthright statements on the subject, the action of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and other organizations that have issued statements opposing the use of such nicknames and mascots.

 

Submitted by Lionel C. Barrow, Jr.
August 15, 2001, Washington, D.C.