Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Erudite ... (?): Indian mascots are immoral
I have been convinced that "Redskins," "Savages," and other of the most egregious American Indian-related school and team mascots are, in fact, not just racist but repugnant and morally wrong.
Once you accept that what happened at the hand of the Europeans on this continent was, in fact, genocide, there is no other moral conclusion one can make.
Systematic genocide? No. But systemic -- the European peoples and the institutions they brought with them and the ones they set up here were shot straight through with it. Which is different than saying the genocide was "systematic," which, to me, means planned, deliberate, universally applied, and of that I remain unconvinced.
But them's just words and semanticles, as Dr. Bill Loney mighta putted it.
Bottom line: Hey, hey, ho, ho, Indian mascots have got to go.
Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant had to abandon the Savages mascot name because the NCAA made them. OK, you say? Well SEOSU most years has the largest Native American enrollment of all public colleges and universities in America. How does that compute with your last statement?
Say, don't you think the Fighting Irish and Ragegin Cajuns are ethnic slurs as well?
Wouldn't that make calling people "Okies" the same as being calling them "Red Men"? I mean the NCAA also banned the "Redman" mascot a NSU in Tahlequah which is the other majority Native American public university in America.
Speaking of pipes maybe we should boycott Calumet Baking Powder while we are at it.
By the way the Bacone mascot symbol is a tomahawk.
Look, all the low hanging fruit in this discussion have already been picked. "Squaw" for example is a extinct word in American sports teams. We are more or less left with the more generic terms "Indian" "Warrior" "Chief" and specific tribal names. Whether they are "immoral" or "egregious" or not is highly situational.
Interestingly each time they have attempted to change it, a small group from the local Potawatomi tribe make statements that they're just fine with the name, which I find odd.
But there's a reason I no longer live on that side of the state, and this is just one example of why.
Chief Wahoo is just a little offensive... just a little.
On a unrelatable notation, I took the kiddies to the zoo this week to see the monkeys and whatnot..it was horrible..the funky odor, the screamin and howlin, the auto-erotica, the feces throwin...they had enuff and finally kicked me out.
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