Showcase: More Than A Word Movie

The IPC officially launched their efforts toward the CFA’s commitment to antiracism and social justice work by showcasing the movie More Than A Word (MTAW) at the 2018 Equity Conference in Los Angeles California on March 16th 2018.

Directed by brothers John and Kenn Little, members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, the film traces how the word “R*dskin” evolved from a term of racist derision and slander to being embraced as the name of one of the NFL’s most beloved franchises. It also draws on the voices of Native American activists and scholars to place this controversy within the wider context of Native American history and racial stereotyping more generally.

The MTAW movie relevance to the CSU system and the CFA commitment to antiracism and social justice has played out at both Long Beach State University and recently at San Diego State University. In November 2017 under the pressure of faculty, student and community organizing coalition campaign, the San Diego State Academic Senate passed a resolution denouncing and calling for the removal of the racist mascot, The Aztec, in favor of a positive SDSU mascot. This is just the first step in removing racist mascots from the CSU system and throughout the country.

A great resource to help you understand more about this issue is Redskins? Sports <ascots, Indian Nations and White Racism by James Fenelon (foreword by Joe R. Feagin)

If you are interested in showing MTAW on your campus through your CFA chapter please contact Michelle Cerecerez for more information.