Published Writings

Selected articles or reviews published by Dolph outside his profession:

Hatfield, Dolph L. (July/August 1996) “The Jack Nicklaus Syndrome” The Humanist 56: (4)38-39.

Hatfield, Dolph L. (March 28, 1996) “Just Which Words Are Considered Racist?” (Guest Editorial) Indian Country Today 15: (Issue 40) A4.

Hatfield, Dolph L. (Summer 1996) Guest Essay on use of American Indian names in sports and advertising (untitled). Native Peoples Magazine 9: (4) 5.

Hatfield, Dolph L. (Jan 6-13, 1997) “Those Who Stereotype American Indians Can Also Be Labeled Racist” Indian Country Today 16: (Issue 25) A5.

Hatfield, Dolph L. (June 16-23, 1997) “Wounded Knee Massacre Must Never Be Forgotten”. Indian Country Today 16: (Issue 51) 5.

Hatfield, Dolph L. (October 6-13, 1997) “Reassessing Columbus Day” Indian Country Today 16: (Issue 66) 4.

Hatfield, Dolph L. (1999) “Assessing Racial Sensitivities” Journal of the Cosmos Club of Washington, DC 9:3-8.

Hatfield, Dolph L. (September/October 2000) “The Stereotyping of Native Americans” The Humanist 60: (5) 43-44.

Hatfield, Dolph L. (2002) Review of “Redskins: Racial Slur or Symbol of Success” by Bruce Stapleton (Writers Club Press, 2001, 204 page) American Indian Culture and Research Journal 25: (4) 131-138.

Hatfield, Dolph L. (2004) “The Homeless in Washington, DC” Journal of the Cosmos Club of Washington, DC 13:83-85.

Hatfield, Dolph L. (2013) Letter to the editor. Washington Post Nov. 5, 2013.

Hatfield, Dolph L. (2014) Letter to the editor. Washington Post Aug. 25, 2014.

Hatfield, Dolph L. (2015) Letter to the editor. Washington Post Nov. 16, 2015.

Hatfield, Dolph L. (2018) Is Redskins a Racial Slur? Medium Daily Digest Aug. 8, 2018.

Hatfield, Dolph L. (2018) My two Tanzanian “sons” and our life altering visit to Uganda. Medium Daily Digest. Nov. 25, 2018.


The Jack Nicklaus Syndrome – Racism in Sports – The Popular Condition

(Originally appeared in the July-August 1996 issue of the Humanist.)

There is no doubt that Jack Nicklaus is one of the greatest golfers – if not the greatest golfer — who ever played the sport. He has also been a strong proponent for integrating golf. He has ownership in many country clubs and has designed golf courses with the understanding that each establishment must be integrated. He is, indeed, a great ambassador of the liberal cause… Read More

Guest Essay on use of American Indian names in sports and advertising (untitled)

(Originally appeared in Native Peoples Magazine 9:(4) 5, 1996)

Our society can be a sensitive and responsive one. It has responded to civil rights involving African Americans, Hispanics, and women. Why then is our society so blind to the racism faced by Native Americans? Read More…

Wounded Knee Massacre Must Never Be Forgetten

(Originally appeared in Indian Country Today 16:(issue 25) A5, 1997)

Attention, white Society! When you hear the Wounded Knee Massacre mentioned, does your heart become heavy and does your mind become riddled with shame and anguish over the deaths of 300 children, women and men? It should.  Read More… 

We Should Reassess the Columbus Day Holiday

(Originally appeared in Indian Country Today 16 (issue 66) 4, 1997)

When Christopher Columbus and his crew were discovered on Oct. 12, 1492, by Indigenous people on the shores of Guanahani Island, they were lost, confused and the crew had threatened Columbus with mutiny. Read More…

Assessing Racial Sensitivities

(Originally appeared in Journal of the Cosmos Club of Washington, DC 9:3-8, 1999)

When ethnic groups object to the use of certain words or stereotypes and those who perpetrate these acts counter the objections by saying that their intentions are not racially motivated, who is right? Read More…

The Stereotyping of Native Americans

(Originally appeared in the September 2000 issue of the Humanist.)

Names, images, and mascots that symbolize native Americans are used extensively in the United States, particularly in sports and advertising. In sports there are the Washington Redskins football team, the Atlanta Braves and the Cleveland Indians baseball teams, and the Chicago Blackhawks hockey team. Fans of the Atlanta Braves use the “tomahawk chop” accompanied by a chant to intimidate visiting teams, while Cleveland Indians use the mascot Chief Wahoo and the University of Illinois uses the mascot Chief Illiniwek… Read More…

Review of “Redskins: Racial Slur or Symbol of Success?” by Bruce Stapleton

(Originally appeared in American Indian Culture and Research Journal 25: 131-138, 2002)

In Redskins: Racial slur or symbol of success?, Bruce Stapleton analyzes the controversy surrounding the use of Indian-themed mascots in sports with the central focus of the book being whether the name of the Washington professional team, the Redskins, is a derogatory term or a term of honor. Read More…

The Homeless in Washington, DC – Reaching Out to Help the “Other Population”

(Originally appeared in the 2004 issue of Cosmos, the journal of the Cosmos Club.)

Just how many homeless are there in America? One estimate frequently used is the Urban Institute figure of 3.5 million people living on the streets or in shelters in the United States. In the nation’s capital, an estimated 14,000 people are homeless on any given day, though this figure includes those staying in temporary or transitional housing, as well as those living on the streets. Nationwide, single men make up an estimated 44 percent of the homeless population, while familes with children account for over 50 percent. Personal problems, including mental illness or substance abuse, have brought many individuals and families to the streets and shelters. Low-paying jobs and the high cost of housing and health care have brought others… Read More

Clear skies for Washington Red Clouds football team name?

How can Bob Drury and Thomas Clavin be so insensitive to the issues surrounding the Washington professional football team’s name? The mascot and American Indian images that would accompany such a moniker as Red Clouds would only add to the horrific stereotyping of Indians in sports. Aren’t the Atlanta Braves, with the tomahawk chop, the Cleveland Indians, with their ridiculous Chief Wahoo logo, and other such teams already too much?

Dolph Lee Hatfield, Washington

Clear skies for Washington Red Clouds football team name_ – The Washington Post

Referee blows whistle on Washington football team

The fact that NFL referee Mike Carey risked his career to quietly protest the name of the Washington football team [“A referee makes a call and takes a quiet stance,” Sports, Aug. 21] will be commemorated as one of the major steps in ridding society of this horrendously, “dictionary-defined” racial slur.

Dolph Hatfield, Washington

Referee blows the whistle on Washington football team

In the eye of the offended

The Nov. 13 Style article “About face,” about Al Jolson impersonator Bobby Berger, quoted Mr. Berger as asking, “Do I seem like a racist to you?” However, Mr. Berger (now retired) should be informed that it is not whether he perceives his impersonations and performance of “Mammy” as racist. It is the affected party who makes that decision.

Although Mr. Berger maintains that thousands of black people saw his show and had no problem with it, his explanations are reminiscent of those of so many college students and others before the 1960s who sported blackface and claimed that they weren’t mocking anyone – they were only having some good, clean fun.

Black activists found such acts to be racist. As a result, most of them ceased in the 1960s.

Dolph Lee Hatfield, Washington

In the eye of the offended

Is Redskins a Racial Slur?

(Originally appeared in Medium Daily Digest on Aug. 8, 2018)

An allegorical conversation between an African American and a Native American provides the answer. Read More… 

My Two Tanzanian “Sons” and Our Life Altering Trip to Uganda

In December 2017, I had the good fortune to visit Tanzania. While there, I attended the graduation of my younger Tanzanian son, Deogratias (Deo) Mtui, from medical school. I also visited my older Tanzanian son, Frank Mella, and saw the property he is developing as an ultramodern campground. Read More…