February 16, 2007

Ding, dong, the Chief is dead!

U. of I. ends Chief Illiniwek's runThe University of Illinois' American Indian mascot, Chief Illiniwek, no longer will perform at athletic events on the school's main campus after Wednesday—the last men's home basketball game of the season.

School officials today issued a news release on the retirement of the 81-year-old mascot, who is portrayed by buckskin-clad students who dance at football and basketball games and other athletic events.
Comment:  The students who played Chief Illiniwek and the Chief's supporters are some of the biggest crybabies around. Get over your self-righteous self-involvement and start worrying about some real problems. You know, like global warming and the war on Iraq?

See Ending a Tradition That Some Find Racist, Others Noble for a comprehensive review of the subject. See Blog Search for reactions to the decision.

3 comments:

writerfella said...

Writerfella here --
Too bad the NCAA has no sway over MLB, as 'The Tomahawk Chop' and the accompanying Atlanta Braves symbol will continue unabated. One victory is fine, but it is not the war. Celebrate, people, but writerfella will continue to watch and wait in ambivalence to see what the final results will be...
All Best
Russ Bates
'writerfella'

The Local Crank said...

Next up, the Potomac River Drainage Basin Indigenous Persons...

voyageur said...

For them, I favor the Washington Redinks. The mascot would be a beefy red-faced Daniel Rostenkowsky, so they could still make a lot of use of the red logo and mascot paint.