Yale apologizes for racist imagery on football program cover

Yale University.
Yale University.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Yale University officials are apologizing for using racist images of Native Americans on the cover of the program for last weekend’s football game against Dartmouth College.

The program was designed for the 100th game between the Ivy League schools on Saturday and featured images of several previous program covers from games between the schools. One from 1944 showed a Yale player setting fire to an American Indian’s clothing.

The executive director of Yale’s indigenous performing arts program called the images “dehumanizing.”

Yale director of athletics Tom Beckett acknowledged to the New Haven Register that the cover was offensive and apologized.

Dartmouth was founded in 1769 to educate Native American youth, and its sports teams were informally known as the Indians until the 1970s, when Big Green was adopted.

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