Motives of the Movement
Leaders in this movement have stated that they want ALL Native themed sports teams to change, but it hardly ends there. They have said they will work to remove store identities, towns, rivers, images on flags, and any other such Native identifiers from sports and the mainstream. In North Dakota, the image of a Sioux Indian was recently removed from a highway sign. In South Dakota, schools have stopped teaching Native American history. The changers want to control what is seen and taught so as to indoctrinate society with their radical, victimhood mentality. One need only go to the website Unsettling America to learn what the end game is for the “Not Your Mascot Decolonization” movement. In there own words they call their movement for Indigenous Liberation a “radical political struggle.” Directly from their website comes their “shared points of unity to guide our allyship and activism”:
- All people not indigenous to North America who are living on this continent are settlers on stolen land. We acknowledge that Canada, the United States of America, Mexico, and Central & South America were founded through genocide and colonization of indigenous peoples–which continues today and from which settlers directly benefit.
- All settlers do not benefit equally from the settler-colonial state, nor did all settlers emigrate here of their own free will. Specifically, we see slavery, hetero-patriarchy, white supremacy, market imperialism, and capitalist class structures as among the primary tools of colonization. These tools divide communities and determine peoples’ relative access to power. Therefore, anti-oppression solidarity between settler communities is necessary for decolonization. We work to build anti-colonial movements that actively combat all forms of oppression.
- We acknowledge that settlers are not entitled to live on this land. We accept that decolonization means the revitalization of indigenous sovereignty, and an end to settler domination of life, lands, and peoples in all territories of the so-called “Americas.” All decisions regarding human interaction with this land base, including who lives on it, are rightfully those of the indigenous nations.
- As settlers and non-native people (by which we mean non-indigenous to this hemisphere) acting in solidarity, it is our responsibility to proactively challenge and dismantle colonialist thought and behavior in the communities we identify ourselves to be part of. As people within communities that maintain and benefit from colonization, we are intimately positioned to do this work.
- We understand that allies cannot be self-defined; they must be claimed by the people they seek to ally with. We organize our solidarity efforts around direct communication, responsiveness, and accountability to indigenous people fighting for decolonization and liberation.
- We are committed to dismantling all systems of oppression, whether they are found in institutional power structures, interpersonal relationships, or within ourselves. Individually and as a collective, we work compassionately to support each other through these processes. Participation in struggle requires each of us to engage in both solidarity and our own liberation: to be accountable for all privileges carried, while also struggling for liberation from internalized and/or experienced oppression. We seek to build a healthy culture of resistance, accountability, and sustenance.
It is patently obvious that this group is united in their hatred for America and the traditions, values, and societal norms most Americans cherish. Fortunately, the vast majority of Americans, including American Indians, do not share in their hatred for America. Most Indian people are well assimilated, patriotic Americans who love their country, with many continuing to serve in its’ military. This Marxist, hate movement uses the time tested tactics of intimidation and social upheaval to divide people and pit them against one another along mostly racial and economic lines. Their goal is to tear down any sense of American individualism/exceptionalism and destroy our constitutional system of governance to achieve their radical decolonization fantasy.