39. Was the Washington R*dskins cultural appropriation?
Indigenous Religious Traditions in Five Minutes - Molly Bassett
Matt Sheedy [+]
Matt Sheedy holds a PhD in the study of religion and is visiting professor of North American Studies at the University of Bonn, Germany. His research includes critical theories of secularism and religion, and representations of atheism, Islam, Christianity, and Native American traditions in popular and political culture. His latest book is Owning the Secular: Religious Symbols, Culture Wars, Western Fragility (Routledge 2021).
Following decades of protest, the name R*dskins was changed to the Washington Football team in July 2020. This entry will touch on the R*dskins controversy as an example of cultural appropriation, and how responses to this affair from Indigenous communities reflect an expanding discourse on what constitutes Native American identity.