NAACP Mascot Resolutions (November 1999)

printed in The New Crisis: Magazine of Opportunities and Ideas
November/December 1999 (vol. 107 no. 6)

Resolutions Submitted Under Article X, Section 2, of the NAACP

5. In Opposition to Native American Mascots
[Champaign, Ill, Branch]

...THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the national NAACP call upon all members and friends to refrain from purchasing items with Native American sports team logos and cross out such logos on merchandise already in their possession; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the national NAACP call upon member branches and state conferences to inform themselves of and support local efforts to eliminate the use of Native American people, images, symbols, and cultural and religious traditions as sports names, logos and mascots; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the national NAACP call upon all professional sports teams and public and private schools and universities currently using such names and images to reject the use of Native Americans and all historically oppressed people and their cultural traditions, as sports mascots and symbols and affirm their commitment to respect racial and cultural inclusion in all aspects of their institutions; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the convention reaffirm the previous policy of the NAACP adopted in 1992 on "Indian Sports Team Mascots and Names."

5.(a) Reaffirming "Indian Sports Team Mascots and Names"
[1992 Resolution]

...THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the NAACP actively supports the American Indian Movement in its effort to force sports teams to discontinue the use of "Indian" team names, mascots, and other imagery that stereotype and caricature the sacred rituals and culture of Native Americans; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the NAACP use its influence and resources to bring to the attention of the nation, and black athletes in particular, the tremendous negative impact that such demeaning symbolism can have on other peoples of color.