Have you ever been offended by what someone called you or called a group of people? There has been a lot of disagreement about if it’s offensive for teams to have Native American names and mascots. The Washington Post that asked if Native American teams were offensive. The poll read that 90% of Native American think that it is not offensive, but not everyone goes on the Washington Post every day and only 504 people out of the 5.2 million Native Americans in the United States voted. It is offensive for sports teams to have Native American names and mascots because it discriminates players and people, it’s a national issue, and there are very rude nicknames for the teams.The first reason why It is offensive for sports teams to have Native American names and mascots it because it discriminates players and people. In fact “History has say on Indian Mascots” states that Kevin Gover, the director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum Of American Indian wrote a letter in high school to the Washington Redskins Manager. In the letter, he wrote that it was not right to use a word that had been used to demean him. This means that important people like Kevin Gover are getting involved in this subject or name and how it could demean a group of people. The second example of how it discriminates is that big names in the community, like Barack Obama, are saying ” I love Chicago sports teams, but I’m not a fan of the Blackhawks team name.” Barack Obama has an emotionally and intellectually connection to the Native Americans. At the start of his presidential term, he became friends with them and thought they could change the United States in a positive way. Ever since that happened he has always supported the Native Americans the best he could. The point is the big names are getting involved in this conflict and not having the team’s names their fan favorites.The second reason why it is offensive for sports teams to have Native American names and mascots is because it’s becoming a national issue. Based on the article “Drop ‘offensive’ Washington Redskins name, suggests Barack Obama; Barack Obama has suggested that the owner of the Washington Redskins American football team consider changing its name, because it offends a sizable group of people,” that media outlets are no longer using the Native American team names in there broadcast or coverage. Big companies like NFL network and Fox network are not saying their team’s names in the broadcast or coverage anymore, but instead just using their city names. This means that media is taking a big stand against the rudeness of the national football teams. The second example is, that Barack Obama said, “I’ve got to say that if I were the owner of the team and I knew that there was a name of my team – even if it had a storied history – that was offending a sizeable group of people, I’d think about changing it.” In other words a lot of people are getting involved on how it’s a national issue and that we need to change it. The third reason why it is offensive for sports teams to have Native American names and mascots is because of their nicknames. According to “Obama Points to Legitimate Concerns Over Redskins Name,” several reporters who cover football, including Peter King of Sports Illustrated, a popular sports newspaper, have stopped using the team’s nicknames in their articles. This means that their nicknames are pretty horrible if they’re not in Sports Illustrated because there are some nasty stuff in those articles. The second example is some of the nicknames of the Native American team names. First, the Cleveland Indians baseball team nickname is the tribe, relating to a Native American tribe. Second, the Washington Redskins nickname is the wolf pack because there would be wolfs at night back then that would attack the Native Americans. Third, the Chicago Blackhawks nickname is the Indian Heads. Fourth, the Kansas City Chiefs nickname is the meat wagons and that’s very offensive because the Native Americans had meat wagons for when they killed the buffalos and brought them back to there community. This means that there are some pretty bad and horrible nicknames for these teams. In conclusion, it is offensive for sports teams to have Native American names and mascots because it discriminates players and people, it’s a national issue, and there are very rude nicknames for the teams. Therefore the teams in any sport that have a team name or mascot related to the Native American culture should reconsider their decisions because there disturbing 5.2 million Native Americans in the United States.