Kevin Blackistone: The Fight Against Native American Mascoting

Kevin Blackistone is a columnist for the Washington Post, a regular panelist on ESPN’s Around the Horn, and often a guest on NPR and the PBS News Hour. A professor of the practice at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, he has recently released a new documentary film that he co-wrote and produced about the Native American “mascoting” in sports. Join him in a 60-minute video of his presentation on September 29, 2022 at Roger Williams University moderated by Brian Hendrickson.

(Above) Elizabeth Peck Learned, Dean of University Libraries, and Library Program Director Al Braver welcome students and others to the presentation by Kevin Blackistone in conversation with Brian Hendrickson on September 29, 2022, in the Roger Williams University Library. 

(Above) Assistant Professor of Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition Brian Hendrickson, Ph.D. introduces University of Maryland Professor Kevin Blackistone before he describes Imagining the Indian: The Fight Against Native American Mascoting, a documentary that examines the movement that is ending the use of Native American names, logos, and mascots in the world of sports and beyond.

The film details the current uprising against the misappropriation of Native culture in a national reckoning about racial injustice that has succeeded in the removal of Confederate imagery, toppling statues of Christopher Columbus and forcing corporate sponsors of Washington’s NFL team to demand it change its most-offensive name. (Above) Professor Blackistone responds to a question posed by Bristolian Owen E. Trainor, III.