RESOLUTION NO. 65,489-N.S.
ENDING RACIAL OR ETHNIC STEROTYPES IN TEAM NAMES, MASCOTS AND
OTHER PUBLIC TITLES
WHEREAS, it is the mission of the Berkeley Peace and Justice Commission to advise the Council and the School Board on issues of peace and justice; and
WHEREAS, the use of racial or ethnic stereotypes in the names, nicknames, or titles of business, professional, sport or other public entitles is frequently demeaning, whether intended as such or not; and
WHEREAS, demeaning symbols create an environment in which degrading acts become more acceptable; and
WHEREAS, many teams still sport names such as "Indians," "Braves," "Redskins," "Chiefs," "Redmen," etc.; and
WHEREAS, such names are degrading and promote practices that trivialize and demean people and religious beliefs and symbols; and
WHEREAS, the use of derogatory American Indian images such as mascots by public schools perpetuate a stereotypical image of American Indians that is likely to have a negative impact on the self-esteem of American Indian children; and
WHEREAS, negative images and stereotypes about American Indians as mascots contribute to a hostile learning environment. that affirms the negative images and stereotypes that persist in America about American Indians; and·
WHEREAS, American Indians as mascots is a negative means of appropriating and denigrating a cultural identity that involves the display and depiction of ceremonial symbols and practices that may have religious significance to American Indians; and
WHEREAS, to continue the negative use of American Indian's tribal names and images is an offensive and disgusting practice that would be considered intolerable were other ethnic groups or minorities depicted in a similar manner; and
WHEREAS, on April 13, 2001, the United States Commission on Civil Rights issued a Statement on the Use of Native American Images and Nicknames as Sports Symbols that called for an end to the use of American Indian images and team names by nonIndian schools; that stereotyping of any racial, ethnic,religious or other groups when promoted by public education institutions, teach all students that stereotyping of minority groups is acceptable, a dangerous lesson in a diverse society; that schools have a responsibility to educate their students; they should not use influence to perpetuate misrepresentations of any culture or people.
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the City of Berkeley that the
City of Berkeley deplores and opposes the use of racial or ethnic stereotypes in the
names or titles of business, professional, sport or their public entitles when the affected
group has not chosen the name itself.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City of Berkeley joins the call to eliminate the
stereotypical use of American Indian names and images as mascots in sports and other
events and to provide meaningful education about real American Indian people, current
American Indian issues, and, the rich variety of American Indian cultures in the U.S. A
record signature copy of said Resolution to be on file in the office of the City Clerk.
The foregoing Resolution was adopted by the Berkeley City Council on October
25, 2011 by the following vote: . .
Ayes: Anderson, Arreguin, Capitelli, Maio, Moore, Worthington, Wozniak and Bates.
Deanna Despain, CM City Clerk
Resolution No. 65,489-N.S.