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Yale Apologizes For "Dehumanizing Images Of Redface" In Football Program


Yale and Dartmouth played their 100th football game against each other this weekend. Yale won, 21-13, for their first win of the season, but the historic victory was overshadowed by their own efforts to commemorate and honor the rivalry. Yale printed out special programs for the game, which were adorned with posters from past Yale-Dartmouth games. Dartmouth’s mascot was the Indians until 1974, and as you might be able to deduce, some of the posters from the Indians era that Yale chose to celebrate the rivalry are fairly racist.

Highlights include a bulldog treeing a Native American; another has a Yale football player setting a screaming Native American’s clothes on fire. A cursory search shows that they had plenty more offensive posters to choose from. Mary Lathryn Nagle, executive director for the Yale Indigenous Performing Arts Program, condemned the posters and called them “dehumanizing images of redface.”


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