Should teams with Native American names be forced to change? The Washington Redskins football team is under a lot of pressure—not to win games, but to change its name. There’s a Twitter campaign against the name. People are writing letters, airing TV ads, and even suing the team to try to force it to change. Many people believe that Indian mascots are racist and insulting. “Showing us as cartoons makes people think we’re not quite human,” explains Suzan Harjo, who is Native American. Some say that when fans chant war cries during games, it makes Native Americans seem like savages. But team traditions hold a special place in the hearts of many fans. These fans argue that Indian team names and mascots aren’t hurtful. In fact, they believe the names bring attention to Native American culture and values like bravery and respect. Robert Green, a former chief of a Maryland tribe, agrees. “To be honest,” he says, “I would be offended if they did change it.” READ BOTH SIDES OF THE DEBATE AND DECIDE. YES Indian team names should be changed. Here’s why: It is hurtful to turn Native Americans into cartoons, and racist to name a team after a skin color. When fans chant war cries, it makes Native Americans seem like savages. Many Native people oppose these names. NO Indian team names should not be changed. Here’s why: Native American team names and mascots are an honor. They represent Indian values of bravery and respect. Changing team names and logos would be expensive. Ticket prices could go up. Many fans love Indian team names. Fix Our Errors Too bad we forgot to edit this article! Can you do it for us? Read the article. Then follow the directions below to find and fix our mistakes. War About a Word 1 At Neshaminy High School in pennsylvania, the football team is called the Redskins. Last year, editors at the school newspaper decided not to use that name anymore. Why? “redskin is a term of hate,” they wrote. 2 School officials did not agree. They tried to force the students to print the name. “I don’t think there’s any thing insulting about the term Redskins,” said the school principal. But the editors refused to give in. 3 Last June, the editors desided to print a letter from a football player who supports keeping the mascot name. He used the word Redskins several times in his letter. The editors planed to replace it with R******* when they printed the letter in the paper. When the principle found out, he demanded that they publish the letter with the full word spelled out. 4 Instead, the editors left a white space on the page where the letter would have been. Gillian McGoldrick, 16, was the editor in chief responsible for the decision She was suspended from the paper for a month. The principal also cut $1,200 from the newspaper’s budget. Still, the editors are refusing to print the term Redskins. Says Gillian, “We want to be able to say what’s in our paper and what’s not” Find It and Fix It Paragraph 1: Underline three words that should be capitalized. Paragraph 2: A space between two words must be removed to make one word. Please circle the two words. Paragraph 3: Cross out three words that are misspelled. Write the correct spellings in the margin. Paragraph 4: Two periods are missing. Please add them.
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