UMass-Amherst students are protesting their school’s seal, claiming it promotes racism and violence, because it depicts a Native American holding a bow and an arrow.
While the seal does depict an arm holding a sword, protesters have taken issue with the Native American man centered in the logo. The Indian can be seen standing in the center:
“We do live in occupied, colonized land,” said student organizer Charlotte Kelly, who called the logo “offensive.”
She continued, “This land had been a part of indigenous communities before it became the University of Massachusetts. And for us to be capitalizing and using a Native American figure as our seal seems really hurtful and violent.”
Ms. Kelly also had problems with UMass-Amherst’s mascot, the Minuteman, because it is a gendered male:
The protesters at UMass-Amherst are also demanding “more recruitment of students of color” and “gender-neutral bathrooms.”