Bernard Perley co-authors op-ed piece on mascots

Bernard Perley was a co-author of an American Anthropological Association op-ed piece condemning the use of American Indian mascots by professional sports organizations entitled “This Holiday Season Let’s Replace Disparaging Slurs” that appeared in The Blog of The Huffington Post.

“Anthropologists conduct research to understand the diversity of human experience, cultures, beliefs, values, and social structures through a focus on local knowledge and practices. We understand that for many people sports play an important cultural role for audiences of all ages. Teams choose names, mascots, and logos that embody the vigor and grit that athletics provide and should reflect positive associations, identities, and role models, especially for young people.”