November 02, 2007

UND supporters show hostility, abuse

A sad but understandable compromiseSome of the Internet comments were repetitious. Some were excellent and well-thought-out, talking about the negotiations and even scolding the writers who made awful comments.

But it was those “awful” comments that astounded me. Some were full of bile, bigotry and racism. The NCAA was correct when it said that the nickname and logo created an abusive and hostile environment, I thought as I read those comments.

In some cases, the comments were even threatening. Some of them made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. It made me afraid for the young people at UND.
Comment:  The image below is a note pinned to a mascot foe's car in a different controversy. But it gives you an idea of what mascot supporters are thinking.

1 comment:

writerfella said...

Writerfella here --
It quite is obvious that such a miscreant and venomous example of vitriol surely represents the mental age, education level, and economic status of the average UND supporter (or other such sports aficionado), if only because its accomplishment nowhere near achieves either its reach or its intentions...
All Best
Russ Bates