Racist Campus Mascot…not okay
Illinois has already officially retired Chief Illiniwek. The issue at hand is, what now? Students for a United Illinois have created a petition on Change.org to tell university leaders to unite the community. Join their fight to heal racial tensions on campus and put the Chief’s ghost to rest.
A YouTube video of the former mascot’s performance shows a costumed gymnast jumping, dancing and leading Illinois fans in a crossed-arm greeting. It’s a performance that many groups, including theNational Congress of American Indians, have decried as offensive, caricatured and misleading.