The Common Good
February 2014

VIDEO: Proud To Be

by The Editors | February 2014

Indigenous American leaders speak out against the Washington NFL team’s mascot.

"Proud To Be" is a compelling video by changethemascot.org that features a series of short clips and one-word descriptors to emphasize who Native Americans are—mother, Indian, Navajo, survivor, etc.—and what they are not (a mascot.) Like Peggy Flanagan’s article "Sacking the 'Redsk*ns'" (Sojourners, February 2014), the video advocates for a change in the Washington-based football team’s mascot because, as she so eloquently states, “I am not a mascot. My daughter is not a mascot. My people are not mascots. We are human beings. We are still here.”

Sojourners relies on the support of readers like you to sustain our message and ministry.

Related Stories

Resources

Like what you're reading? Get Sojourners E-Mail updates!

Sojourners Comment Community Covenant

I will express myself with civility, courtesy, and respect for every member of the Sojourners online community, especially toward those with whom I disagree, even if I feel disrespected by them. (Romans 12:17-21)

I will express my disagreements with other community members' ideas without insulting, mocking, or slandering them personally. (Matthew 5:22)

I will not exaggerate others' beliefs nor make unfounded prejudicial assumptions based on labels, categories, or stereotypes. I will always extend the benefit of the doubt. (Ephesians 4:29)

I will hold others accountable by clicking "report" on comments that violate these principles, based not on what ideas are expressed but on how they're expressed. (2 Thessalonians 3:13-15)

I understand that comments reported as abusive are reviewed by Sojourners staff and are subject to removal. Repeat offenders will be blocked from making further comments. (Proverbs 18:7)