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Native Mascots Made Rapper Shadowyze Angry! Just Wait Till You See What He Did Next!

Posted By PowWows.com January 17th, 2015 Last Updated on: January 17th, 2015

By Dawn Karima, Native American Culture Editor

Harley Upton illustrates the Mascot Controversy from his own personal Native Viewpoint! Credit:H.U.D

Harley Upton (Apache) illustrates the Mascot Controversy from his own personal Native Viewpoint! Credit:H.U.D/Harley Upton Designs

Fans vs. Activists. Natives vs Die-hards. Protests and Pictures of non-Natives yelling abuse at those protesting against the use of Native-themed sports mascots. It's all enough to outrage anyone who is concerned about establishing fair and accurate portrayals of Indigenous people. Muskoke Creek/Cherokee hip hop artist Shadowyze felt the anger that accompanies the insulting caricatures of Native mascots, but he did something unique….He channeled that anger into a song.

“Just Say No to the R Word” opens with an audio clip of Russell Means' powerful voice stating that “White America is incapable of understanding” Native viewpoints.  Such a viewpoint includes “Indian eyes watching TV,” according to the rapper Shadowyze, “watching a logo of a hideous face/calling it Indian is such a  disgrace.” As Shadowyze  describes the “red-painted white people yelling, chanting and stomping your feet”, he explains that “Cultural rape is what it's all about”,  caused by “money and material greed.”

Yet, this NAMMY-winning rapper from Pensacola,Florida doesn't limit his song to mere accusations. Instead, he and co-writer Oliver Tuthill move their anger into action and ask their audience to act accordingly.  “Just say no to the R-Word. We're saying NO” represents a righteous refrain that works as a call to action. This song charges listeners to “have the guts to stand tall in my place” and to have  empathy and solidarity for “Indian people enduring neglect”. Rather than divide people, Shadowyze attempts to unite listeners from all backgrounds in a thought-provoking track.

Noted for tackling justice issues that face Native America, Shadowyze won a NAMMY for his “Murder in Your Backyard” song that addressed Mayan extermination in Chiapas. His “Bumpy Roads” song unflinchingly recounts the tribulations facing Shadowyze as he came of age and in reservation life.   Once again, Shadowyze lends his strong voice to a polarizing issue facing Native Americans in”Just Say No to the R Word,” which is available at CDBaby,iTunes and Amazon.


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Leslie

I love all native brothers sisters

dave george

up and riseing native rapper (KRONNIC WALTERS)

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