Sarah Beccio, Communications associate at the National Congress of American Indians
Posted: 01/05/2015 6:13 pm EST
With domestic violence rightfully in the headlines, this quote appeared on the NFL Website, to let the public know the league’s response on sexual assault and domestic violence, “The NFL has a lot of work to do inside the league and out to start to make real change in our society.” They also claimed that they were expanding age-appropriate programs to help with character development in order to show our young athletes and coaches healthy relationships. What about the NFL showing our young Native people that they matter? All they have done is confirm inappropriate caricatures of their ethnicity. These damning stereotypes reinforce the idea that Native people are unintelligent, hostile, and primitive.