Our View: Outrage at nicknames, logos not consistent
The most obvious example we can think of is the logo of Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Indians. The team’s “Chief Wahoo” logo—the name itself is ridiculous—is a tomato-red-colored Indian face contorted into a garish grin. There have been protests against it, but none that have produced a sustained, popular effort to banish it.
We’re not Indian, so we’re probably not qualified to judge Indian-inspired nicknames and logos. But if UND’s “Fighting Sioux” nickname and accompanying logo—featuring a rugged, steely jawed Indian gazing into the distance—can be considered offensive, we have to wonder why there isn’t a similarly persistent effort to get other, seemingly more offensive nicknames and logos consigned to history.
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Note the nasty implication of the Mitchell Republic's ignorant claim: that activists are hypocrites who really don't care about Indian mascots. Wrong, ignornamuses. I believe Indians have been protesting all the offensive mascots since the 1970s and 1980s.
My counter-question is: Is the Mitchell Republic so comically inept that it can't research a basic question before opening its metaphorical mouth? Or did the paper fabricate a straw-man argument to deflect attention from its losing "Fighting Sioux" position? Stupid or dishonest...you decide.
It shouldn't be that hard for anyone to figure out why the racist "Chief Wahoo" still remains. For one, major sport teams like the Cleveland Indians or WA Redskins are far more powerful entities back by powerful figures in Congress and lobbyists. Whereas, Universities and H.S. are easy targets because they don't have the same funds and defense as major sports teams which dates back half a century. To go after the racist "Chief Wahoo" requires the support of some of the Congress figures who can design laws in banning race based mascots.
In light of the usual "racist conservatives vs enlightened liberals" theme that often appears in this blog, is there any evidence that liberal sports-fans embrace Chief Wahoo and the Washington Redskins any less than conservative sports fans?
In my experience, liberals embrace the teams and the logos no less than conservatives do.
And Geno, I've long opposed these mascots, but I don't want to blow a hole in the First Amendment (a federal ban law!) to get rid of them. Public pressure is sufficient. It's also quite successful in getting rid of such mascots.
I agree that public pressure is preferable to a federal ban. A ban probably would be unconstitutional.
Since most non-Indians support Indian mascots, the supporters must include liberals as well as conservatives. I usually don't blame conservatives only when I criticize mascot lovers.
Alas, this debate is far from over. For more on the subject, see Mitchell Republic Defends Chief Wahoo Editorial.
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