Paul Lukas posted an article regarding Native American imagery in sports. While I appreciate the good writing, haven’t we moved past this topic. It shouldn’t be relevant. I know the world has gone through a phase where everything has to be politically correct, but give it a rest.
I am a strong supporter of schools making the decisions they feel is best for them. If a school or professional team wants to name their mascot/team anything involving Native Americans they should be able to. They should also be willing to not have the support of anyone who thinks it is offensive.
It is easier for high schools and some smaller colleges to change if they want to, however teams like the Florida State Seminoles, Washington Redskins, and Cleveland Indians (regardless of “deals”) have been ingrained into our sports culture and it would be a travesty to take that away from their fans and sports fans in general.
Lukas does some mock banter debating the issue and one of the points mentioned is the “slippery slope/Pandora’s box”. This could blanket many team names and including animals. We know that animal rights is important to many people and a more local example is the South Carolina Gamecocks. A gamecock by definition is a type of rooster with physical and behavioral traits suitable for cockfighting and may be further identified as a secular term denoting use of a fighting cock. Obviously cockfighting is illegal and should not be a “subject of tribute” by schools per your argument. Many animal rights activist are against bull riding yet there are teams like the Cowboys, Buffalos, Longhorns, etc. We could go on and on about what is or isn’t offensive. Should we expect next weeks article to be about animals being used in sports? We can discuss horse racing, dog racing, hunting, etc.
There are 6 billion people on this planet. No matter what someone does there will be someone who finds it offensive. We can’t cater to everyone. We are passed that and people need to lighten up a little.
Paul’s article brings up a topic that really hasn’t been an issue since the early ’90s. Coincidentally it was in 1990 that my middle school in Columbia, South Carolina changed its school mascot from the Crayton Satans to the Crayton Cavaliers. I think its stupid that they changed the name, but they wanted to and that’s their decision. I also think it was stupid they nicknamed them the Satans in the first place.
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