Russell Means: “It’s abominable. And I’m telling you. Chief Wahoo has got to go.”
Interviewer: “Why would the changing of the name of a team and the changing of a logo change the social problems that you are talking about. How would that have any correlation whatsoever.”
Russell Means: “It will begin the changing of policy because it will make us look like human beings. I’m a human being, I’m not anyone’s mascot! And I am America’s conscience. And that’s what they don’t want to look at. They would rather look at a cartoon character than at the deceit of this country and this government.”
Russell Means – activist for Oglala Sioux, American Indian Movement (AIM), and human rights – passed away this morning. His activism included an ongoing fight to drop the mascot from all sports teams. See Russell Means in his own words below:
- Book: “Where White Men Fear to Tread“: The Autobiography of Russell Means”
- Documentary: In Whose Honor – American Indian Mascots in Sports
- POPSspot:Redskins, Sambos, and Whities: Racism in Sports Mascots
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