To the boy in the hallway with a redskins jersey on today, it’s funny how you think it’s appropriate for racist and stereotypical images of my people to be used as mascots for sports teams, while actual native people are living in poverty, with high rates of suicide and substance abuse, with our actual languages and cultures being trampled on due to centuries of brain washing and cultural genocide, and while we’re being kidnapped and killed in our homes on the streets. We are not mascots, we are not emblems to attach to your sports coats or costumes you can buy for Halloween and throw away the next year when it doesn’t fit anymore. We live with these images, these stereotypes, and we can’t throw them away when we get tired of them. We live with racial, cultural and ethnic identities that are treated as ahistorical. You would never understand what it feels like to hear the other kids in the cafeteria call you a red skin, an injun, to be called a cherry n***er, a halfbreed, a “welfare bum who does half the work and trades food stamps for booze”. If you want to respect our cultures, teach yourself the actual history of our peoples, open your eyes to modern aboriginal issues. Help put an end to racist images and beliefs in North America. Stop watching Pocahontas and being content in thinking that you know what Native Americans are really like. The last thing we need is to be a mascot for another white owned company, so they can profit off of our imagery and cultures without actually having to deal with real native people.