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Top Trending Pro/Con Leading Issues of 2016

2016. What a year. Let’s take a look at some of the pro/con Leading Issues that dominated SIRS Issues Researcher’s featured trending list in 2016.

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The Debate: Sports Mascots

Now that football season is here, the issue of using Native American nicknames, mascots and symbols is once again in the forefront of sports news. Most of the focus of the current debate has been centered on the NFL’s Washington Redskins. Despite urging by members of Congress to eliminate the use of the offensive team nickname, team owner Dan Snyder has vowed that he will never change it. A recent AP-GfK poll shows that nearly four in five Americans agree with him. (US Poll Finds Widespread Support for Redskins Name)

After the National Congress of American Indians initiated a campaign in the 1960s to eliminate the negative portrayal of Native Americans in the media and in sports, many schools in the U.S. made changes. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) initiated a new policy in 2005 that penalizes colleges that continue to use Native American nicknames, mascots or imagery. However, there are still many elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools that have resisted efforts to change.

How do your students feel about this controversial subject? They can read more about both sides of the debate in our Controversial Mascots Leading Issue, one of eight sports-related Leading Issues in ProQuest’s SIRS Issues Researcher.