The scholar authorities at The College of Illinois boycotted their homecoming parade this weekend to object to the Chief Illiniwek mascot, taking “a stand towards cultural appropriation.”
The mascot was disallowed starting in 2007 on account of NCAA orders, nonetheless an alumni group known as “The Honor the Chief Society” wears Native American apparel on the homecoming parade annually. This yr, protesters angrily approached the group.
The Every day Illini reported that Lauren Kirby, an Illinois Scholar Authorities (ISG) member, stated that “as a Native pupil” on campus, she witnesses “issues each single day” that make her uncomfortable.
“Each single time I see that Chief, each single time I’m reminded about how my tradition, and the way my folks had been nearly eradicated and for me that could be a very laborious factor to recollect,” she added. One other pupil stated it could be “inappropriate” for ISG to “take part in any official means in an occasion that normalizes bigotry or encourages the misappropriation.”
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Beforehand, ISG prompted college students on Fb to protest the homecoming occasion in response to the Chief’s look. After the parade, the group applauded the boycott’s success.
“The protest resulted within the Honor the Chief Society leaving the parade and campus!” the submit reads. “Different highlights: we compelled the parade to be rerouted and Chancellor Jones’ automobile tried to push again a blockade of scholars earlier than the Chancellor exited the parade with out remark.”
The group then despatched an e mail to college students explaining the ISG’s reasoning for protesting the parade, saying that college students of indigenous backgrounds approached them to element “the hurt brought on by the continued use of the Chief in university-sponsored occasions,” including that they then determined to take “a stand towards cultural appropriation.”
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“We are going to proceed to struggle for a very inclusive campus by elevating the voices of our indigenous college students and allies,” the e-mail continues, claiming that Halloween supplies “extra inappropriate representations of cultures and minorities,” including suggestions “to be sure you’re respecting everybody at Illinois,” like staying away from “equipment that might be described as ‘tribal’ or ‘ethnic.’”
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(H/T: Campus Reform)