Sports franchises face pressure to change names with Native American emblems

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailfstop123/iStockBy: ERIC MOLLO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — With America in the midst of a reckoning over racial inequality, more athletes are continuing to speak out across the sports world. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray, Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, and star running back Adrian Peterson are just a few of several athletes announcing they plan to kneel during the playing of the National Anthem this upcoming season. They are doing so in solidarity with former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who knelt during the playing of the national anthem to protest police brutality and social injustice in America. Over the past week, there has been another reckoning in sports:  whether to change team names or logos that contain Native American emblems and stereotypes.Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Indians announced they are considering changing the team’s name. Manager Terry Francona said he feels now is an appropriate moment for change. The announcement comes a little over a year after Cleveland removed its “Chief Wahoo” logo—a cartoonish caricature of a Native American man that has long been considered racist. It also came shortly after the announcement that Washington’s NFL franchise is weighing whether to change its team name, which is widely regarded as a racial slur. Julian Brave Noisecat, who contributes to ESPN’s “The Undefeated,” writes that Washington’s NFL team’s name is a racial slur thought to reference Native Americans’ skin color and the bloody scalps of Indigenous people taken as bounty by white colonists.The team’s owner, Dan Snyder, has vowed for years he would never to change the name, saying the term actually embodies honor and respect. Protesters and advocacy groups have called for change for decades, but only in the face of mounting economic pressure did Snyder finally announce the franchise would consider a name change. Investors with major team sponsors Pepsi, FedEx, and Nike sent letters asking the companies to terminate their relationship with Washington unless it agrees to a name change. Nick Martin is a member of the Sappony Tribe and a staff writer for the New Republic. He spoke with ABC News’ “Perspective” podcast this week about Washington’s and Cleveland’s statements.Martin says Washington and Cleveland are not the only professional sports franchises perpetuating Native American stereotypes:“It’s become a very normalized thing, which I think is commonplace with a lot of systems and forms of institutional oppression. These things… we don’t think of them in the moment as being particularly egregious because they’ve become so normalized in society.  And the idea that we would get rid of the Washington NFL team and keep the Kansas City Chiefs, it speaks to a certain hollowness that I think these kind of corporate social justice campaigns often involve.” The Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Braves, and Chicago Blackhawks are among professional franchises that continue to employ Native American imagery on their jerseys, in their team names, and in cheers by fans. They are not following the lead of Washington and Cleveland though. None of them announced they would be changing their team names, but Atlanta is reportedly considering no longer allowing “Tomahawk Chop” chants at games. The Blackhawks released a statement claiming their team name and logo symbolize an important Native American figure, so they do not want to remove any of it.President Trump even weighed in this past week on Twitter, saying the names of Washington’s and Cleveland’s teams signify “Strength, not weakness” and are merely considering the change to be “politically correct.” The president’s statement and the varied decisions of these franchises do raise questions: is it important to distinguish between the offensiveness of each individual team name, and does any of this iconography actually honor or respect Native Americans? And is saying that team names and logos honor native people merely perpetuate cultural appropriation and stereotypical depictions of Native Americans? Martin says it is not that slippery of a slope: “If you’re saying our mascot, our team name is not as racist as Washington NFL team, that’s still an admission that it is racist.”Washington’s head coach, Ron Rivera, told The Washington Post “it would be awesome” if the team changed its name. The National Congress of American Indians have long opposed the use of Native American stereotypical imagery in professional sports. As professional sports franchises are choosing to re-examine these issues in the midst of America’s reckoning over race relations, they are faced with a new choice: will economic pressures determine what they choose, or will they listen to decades’ long calls from Native American advocacy groups to eliminate the use of these emblems? Martin believes either way, America has already seen a shift in attitudes as this issue gets re-examined:“What this moment, this kind of larger cultural reckoning has become is just kind of an impetus to say, ‘OK, you know, now’s the time to finally get rid of these things.’”Listen to the rest of this past week’s highlights from Perspective here.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. 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Holbrook Hit-and-run Suspect Nabbed

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A hit-and-run commercial truck driver wanted for critically wounding a 43-year-old man bicyclist in Holbrook two weeks ago has been apprehended, Suffolk County police said.John Farina, 50, of Ronkonkoma, was arrested and charged Friday with leaving the scene of an incident without reporting involving serious physical injury.Vehicular Crime Unit detectives alleged the suspect was driving a Hino box truck on Veterans Memorial Highway when he struck Bradley J. Samuel shortly before 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6.Police had found part of a side view mirror at the scene. They used that evidenve and surveillance camera footage to identify the make and model of the vehicle, which they released to the public.Samuel was treated at Stony Brook University Hospital.Farina will be arraigned Friday at First District Court in Central Islip.last_img read more

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Brand South Africa joins a cause to raise awareness about responsible use of alcohol among youth

first_imgJohannesburg, Wednesday 12 August 2015 – Brand South Africa recognises the critical role of youth in building our country’s global competitiveness. Brand South Africa urges the youth in South Africa to engage with and take ownership of the country’s National Development Plan (NDP) since this plan aims to reduce poverty and inequality by 2030. To ensure that young people can participate in building our country with the NDP as a foundation, the plan has a youth-centric focus.• Download press releaseIn a bid to address some of the issue that the youth grapple with, such as alcohol, Brand South Africa has partnered with Association for Responsible Alcohol Use (ARA) and The Young Free & Educated (YFE) Programme.ARA focuses its efforts on funding and implementing programmes aimed at advocating for responsible behaviour with regard to alcohol consumption. The programme is also aimed at educating young people about the challenges associated with the irresponsible consumption of alcohol including: drinking and driving, foetal alcohol syndrome, underage drinking. The YFE Programme is an ARA Programme which falls within the drinking and driving focus area. It is targeted at youth between the ages of 18 and 25, who are in institutions of higher learning.Objectives of the ARA programmeThe programme has six pillars; responsible alcohol use, road safety, personal financial management, academic excellence, national pride and patriotism as well as entrepreneurship. These pillars are informed by the thinking that in order to change drinking patterns, the culture must be addressed. Through this programme, the YFE and Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part programme would like to encourage young people to take responsibility for their development and the future they want.The programme aims to capitalise on South Africa’s love of sports and music by making use of personalities in those areas to share messages and encourage youth to be more responsible. Among the ambassadors of the programme is Jabu Mahlangu, a soccer legend who has been a victim of irresponsible alcohol use, and Oskido, a musical entertainer with a history of working with youth, encouraging them to live responsibly.YFE has a number of planned campus dialogues in which Brand South Africa will be participating. The dialogues are aimed at encouraging young South Africans to share their challenges and discuss solutions. Brand South Africa will address students and urge them to play their part to actively participate in building the country. The organisation aims to promote pride and patriotism and to highlight the significance of national symbols to youth in tertiary institutions.The dialogues are aimed at:• Providing a platform to exchange ideas on various issues that are crucial in encouraging national pride and patriotism• Giving an opportunity to share success stories with young successful South Africans and inspire youth• Change mind sets about the “victims of circumstances” mentality.The campus dialogues• Rhodes University Thursday 13 August 2015• University of ZululandThursday 27 August 2015• University of LimpopoThursday 18 February 2016• University of VendaThursday 25 February 2016• Tshwane University of TechnologyMarch 2016About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.last_img read more

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Seed Consultants has named Daniel Call new General Manager

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Seed Consultants has named Daniel Call as their new General Manager.“Daniel has been a great student, he knows the seed business and I expect the continued success of Seed Consultants under his guidance and I look forward to watching Seed Consultants continue to grow just as it has over the past 25 years,” said Chris Jeffries, Seed Consultants founder.Daniel CallCall grew up on a grain and hog farm in Madison County, Ohio. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture at The Ohio State University. Prior to working at Seed Consultants, he was a DSM for eight years at AgReliant Genetics. Since 2006, he has been Seed Consultants’ Operations Manager.“I’m excited for the opportunity to lead Seed Consultants and I look forward to growing the well-respected Seed Consultants brand,” Call said.Retiring General Manager Chris Jeffries will be transitioning to a sales role and will be servicing his customers’ seed needs. Founded in 1990, Seed Consultants is the largest Ohio based seed company and primarily markets seed corn, soybeans, wheat and alfalfa varieties to growers in the eastern Corn Belt.AUDIO: The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visited with Call shortly after the announcement. Call discussed the legacy built by Jeffries and how that foundation would built Seed Consultants for many years to come.Ty’s Wrap for Wednesdaylast_img read more

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New Software Helps Rebuild Ancient Cities

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market curt hopkins Tags:#Location#web center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts The first step in virtualizing a building is tracing it. That’s a tough and time-consuming activity. It can be creative but it can also produce inaccuracies. Now scientists at the University of East Anglia have developed a software that can capture and restore destroyed buildings from old maps. Professor Stephen Laycock and his team have created a tool that will automatically extract dimensions and relationships from colored maps. Users can extract black and white maps by directing a cursor within the building’s mapped edges. Laycock, who is a specialist in “the application of new graphics techniques to Cultural Heritage” works with East Anglia’s Computer Graphics Group on projects that use data visualization to increase awareness and add perspective to historical and archaeological investigations. As Jacob Aron points out, in New Scientist, this software can help not just visualize what’s extant in a changed context but “make it easier to create digital reconstructions of long-lost cities.” Neglect, change in economic lifelines like trade routes and natural disasters have all contributed, and continue to contribute, to the death of once-important cities. Being able to visualize how cities worked over the ages could help us understand how our own work, or fail to work, today. Laycock’s software increases the efficiency of extracting information from maps by at least 100 percent on black and white maps and makes the process as much as 100 times faster on colored maps or colored elements of maps, where the software’s automatic function engages. From the abstract of Laycock’s paper on the creation of the software:*“Archive cartography and archaeologist’s sketches are invaluable resources when analysing a historic town or city. A virtual reconstruction of a city provides the user with the ability to navigate and explore an environment which no longer exists to obtain better insight into its design and purpose. However, the process of reconstructing the city from maps depicting features such as building footprints and roads can be labour intensive…Archive maps often exhibit problems in the form of inaccuracies and inconsistencies in scale which can lead to incorrect reconstructions. By aligning archive maps to accurate modern vector data one may reduce these problems.”The applications of this software are legion. Creating 3D virtualizations of cities that are changed beyond understanding or even destroyed altogether could help in educational endeavors, museum materials, historical work, public policy, even gaming. And it can be shared online, meaning a further democratization of the past. Also, as I feel compelled to point out yet again: it’s awfully cool. *Yes, abstract. Do you have any idea how much academic publications cost, despite the advances of the Open Access movement? Plenty, that’s how much.last_img read more

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WATCH: PH’s David Carlos rules Chengdu 3×3 Dunk Contest

first_imgPhoto from Fiba.comFilipino pro dunker David Carlos gave the crowd a dazzling show and emerged as the dunk king in the 2017 Fiba 3×3 World Tour Chengdu Masters Sunday at Global Center in Chengdu, China.A first timer in the 3×3 World Tour Dunk Contest, the 28-year-old showcased his 41-inch vertical leap as he jumped over a volunteer and nailed a reverse slam for his title-clinching jam to amass 73 points in the final round.ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Read Next Carlos edged four-time World Tour Dunk champ Rafel Linpinski of Poland in the championship round after the latter missed the second of his three dunk attempts and could only muster 54 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I was nervous because I was going up against one of the best in the planet in Lipek. But I just gave it my best,” he said in a report from Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas’ website.Carlos took home the $2,000 cash prize for winning the competition. Hometown bet Jiang Wenjian of China was the other participant in the contest but was booted after the first round. San Sebastian drops 16 triples to scorch Letran View comments Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarycenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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UAAP Season 80 Preview: UP Fighting Maroons looking for results

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim San Beda’s Fernandez, Bolick, Doliguez, Benilde’s Young suspended for 1 game NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Only in his second year at the helm, Perasol is firm in his belief that for the first time in a long time, UP truly has nowhere to go but up.“That’s really our direction. We aspire to win because I know with my players, they have the capacity, we have the skills, we have the experience to achieve that and dream towards making it to the Final Four,” he said.However, Perasol admitted that from time-to-time, shades of the Fighting Maroons’ old losing habits inevitably resurface. That’s why the mentor is doing everything he can to diffuse the doubts in preparation for this year’s campaign.“There are still remnants of our mindset that we could only go to a certain level, so this is going to be a new territory for us. We’re barging and wanting to be in the Final Four, and for the longest time, I don’t think that is the mindset of our program. It’s easy to say but it’s hard to do with the strong lineups of every team, but we are up to the challenge,” he said.The Fighting Maroons are out to prove that last year’s feel-good story is no fluke.ADVERTISEMENT Coach: Bo PerasolLast Season: 5-9 (6th Place)Holdovers: Paul Desiderio, Diego Dario, Javi Gomez de Liaño, Noah WebbAdditions: Juan Gomez de Liaño, Jun ManzoKey Losses: Jett Manuel, Dave MoraldeADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidecenter_img Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters MOST READ For coach Bo Perasol, it’s high time for University of the Philippines to not settle with just fighting but also start winning.And this UAAP Season 80, the Fighting Maroons are setting the bar high.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“We really would want to enter and barge into the Final Four. That is really our ambition this season,” he said. “It’s going to be really tough for us, but we have to up the ante in terms of what we want to happen with our program. We were able to get five wins last season so we don’t expect to get a lower win-loss slate this coming season. The logical direction for us is to have that Final Four spot.”Cebuano scorer Paul Desiderio will lead the Maroons along with uard Diego Dario and sophomore Javi Gomez de Liaño and promising neophytes Juan Gomez de Liaño and Jun Manzo. “It’s always in our moniker, that we’re the ‘Fighting Maroons.’ But we’ve been fighting for so long and it’s getting stale. We need results and we need to win,” he said. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more

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a month agoTottenham boss Pochettino: I never questioned players’ mental strength

first_imgTottenham boss Pochettino: I never questioned players’ mental strengthby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino insists he’s not questioning his players’ mental strength after their 2-2 draw with Champions League opponents Olympiakos.Tottenham’s draw in Greece will have felt like a case of deja vu for Spurs fans.They also wasted a two-goal lead at Arsenal earlier this month.”No I don’t say that [we need to be mentally tougher]. We need to improve in all the aspects,” said Pochettino.”Leading 2-0 against Arsenal, leading 2-0 against Olympiacos, I think we are not talking about quality, we are talking about in this type of situation managing the game better and deal better with this type of situation. “A few months ago we were in the final of the Champions League and we were not talking about mentality , we got a lot of praise because we were in the final. We need to create a dynamic to match every opponent.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Mamata angry with central force for firing during polling

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday slammed the central forces for allegedly firing “inside” a polling booth in Birbhum district and accused the BJP of misusing the forces in the elections. Stating that the law and order is a state subject, she said it is not the job of the central forces to enter polling booths and they should keep vigil outside. In Dubrajpur area of Birbhum constituency, voters allegedly engaged in a scuffle with the central forces when they were barred from entering booths with mobile phones, a senior election official said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Security personnel reportedly fire in the air to control the mob, following which polling was stalled in the booths, the official said. “I have heard that the CRPF fired inside a booth in Dubrajpur. I am yet to get the detailed report. CRPF personnel can be deputed outside booths, but they do not have the right to lathicharge or fire,” Banerjee, also the TMC supremo, said. She alleged that the firing was a ploy to rig the polls by the BJP with the help of central forces. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway “Law and order is a state subject and not a central subject. Even if the central forces have to conduct a route march, they are required to do it along with the state police,” the TMC chief said while speaking at rallies in Bagdhah and Swaroop Nagar in North 24 Parganas district. Banerjee accused the BJP of misusing the law and bringing in central forces without depending on the state police and using them in garnering votes for themselves. “We know the law. I have heard that complaints were made (before the EC) that the central force personnel have gone inside booths and asked people to vote for the BJP. This will not help the BJP,” she said. “The BJP do not trust the Bengal police. The police are on security duty during the Durga Puja, during Diwali. They protect us from thieves and dacoits. And during elections, you need policemen from Delhi,” Banerjee said. Asking the BJP to trust the people, she said police will not vote for its candidates but the people will. Violence was reported from several parts of the eight Lok Sabha constituencies where polling is going on Monday. Clashes have broken out between the supporters of rival parties in Nanoor, Rampurhat, Nalhati and Siuri areas of Birbhum seat, injuring several people. The Election Commission has deployed central forces at around 98.8 per cent of the booths in the eight seats — Baharampur, Krishnagar, Ranaghat (SC), Burdwan East (SC), Burdwan-Durgapur, Asansol, Bolpur (SC) and Birbhum. Addressing the rallies, Banerjee called upon the people to vote against the BJP and dethrone Prime Minister Narendra Modi from power. “He (Modi) is adept at lying constantly,” Banerjee said adding “Whenever he comes to Bengal, he provokes his supporters to disrupt peace in the state in order to yield political dividend,” she alleged. The BJP brigade is distributing money to purchase voters and resorting to divisive politics which is in contrary to the state’s culture, Banerjee claimed. The TMC chief expressed confidence that her party will win all the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state and play a pivotal role in forming the next government at the Centre.last_img read more

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