An intramural basketball team at the University of Northern Colorado called “The Fighting Whities” is turning the tables on the insulting practice of naming sports teams after Native peoples or tribes. Led by Solomon Little Owl, director of Native American Student Services at UNC, the team chose a white man as its mascot to raise awareness and understanding of stereotypes that some cultures endure.
“The message is, let’s do something that will let people see the other side of what it’s like to be a mascot,” Little Owl said. “I am really offended by this mascot issue, and I hope the people that support the Eaton mascot will get offended by this.”
The players, made up of a mixture of American Indian, Hispanic and Caucasian students, wear white jerseys with the picture of a white man in a suit on the front and the slogan “Every thang’s gonna be all white!” printed beneath.
“It’s not meant to be vicious, it is meant to be humorous,” said Ray White, a Mohawk American Indian on the team. “It puts people in our shoes, and then we can say, ‘Now you know how it is, and now you can make a judgment.’ ‘ Source: The Greeley (Colorado) Tribune