Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Washington Whiteskins

We are happy to see that the Oregon state education board is revisiting a possible ban on the use of American Indian school mascots. If you're having trouble understanding why the schools need to change their mascots, maybe a role reversal will help.

In a hierarchical role reversal, the higher group takes on the role of the lower, while the lower group plays the part usually played by the higher. We imagine the same scene played over again, however this time with roles switched.

What do you think would happen if: In autumn and winter, tens of thousands of fans pile into stadiums to cheer the Washington Whiteskins football team. The team mascot, a priest in a black robe and white clerical collar, performs Holy Communion on the field as a ritual to spur the rowdy fans and team to victory!