Statement of Solidarity: Not Your Mascots
and Justice or Else! Gathering in Washington, DC 10.10.15
September 18, 2015
Not Your Mascots is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the elimination of racist, anti-Native stereotypes from sports, entertainment, and mass media. We advocate in resistance against the use of stereotypes, caricatures and mascots, which perpetuate an environment of racism towards indigenous peoples and negatively impact our children.
We would like to express our support of the Justice or Else gathering in Washington D.C. in honor of the 20-year anniversary of the Million Man March on October 10, 2015. We also support the ongoing work of Justice or Else as a movement to build solidarity across racial, ethnic, and social differences. We stand with the many individuals, groups, and leaders that have joined this effort to build and maintain communication, solidarity, unity and justice.
We know that Native Americans share many common issues with other communities of color; including but not limited to racism and stereotypes, which result in discriminatory social and economic inequality. Stereotypes contribute to maintaining colonial dominance over our peoples, land and resources. In addition to genocide, relocation, and removal, Native Americans have been subject to the same systems of oppression that people of color have and still face. We know that the same institutional obstructions negatively impact our communities, and that we must join together in unity to demand change and justice from the powers that be. We are aware of the current forces keeping this form of negativity alive, and we are here to push back and say, “enough.”
Our voices are stronger and louder when joined together. Our experiences are inextricably interwoven as we were shaped by our common experience within a system of colonialism that was impressed upon us ideologically and physically. We see the ways in which these historical occurrences manifest in our daily lives, whether it be from funding allocation, racial profiling and police brutality, substandard schools, lack of infrastructure, education, cultural and linguistic genocide, environmental destruction, and disenfranchisement.
Solidarity is a verb as well as a noun; it requires us to empathize and actively work with other communities and build upon our overlapping struggles to find common solutions. Not Your Mascots is committed to finding solutions that are mutually beneficial to us all. Therefore, we fully support movements for change that will unify the people to demand justice.
For more information visit:
http://www.justiceorelse.com and www.notyourmascots.org
Maggie Hundley is a citizen of the Mvskoke (Creek) Nation, Wind Clan. She is a mother of two young girls, was born in Phoenix, AZ and currently lives and works in Southern California. Collaborations include actions focused on accurate and positive representations of Native peoples and cultures, civil rights/religious leaders outreach and partnership with other groups with common goal of eliminating Native mascots, harmful anti -Indian racism and stereotypes. She is a founding member of NotYourMascots.org.