This reminds me of the Eastern Michigan Hurons case where whites demanded a name change, and the Hurons themselves balked.
Bellecourt is just pissy no-one wants to be known as the Minnesota Anishinabe-Ojibwes.
I find the NCAA nameto be offensive asthey are clearly NOT national.
I find the NCAA name to be offensive as they are clearly NOT national.
This sort of garbage doesn't unify but succeeds in agitating and causing friction.
I'd be more offended by names like "Smokers", "Evos", or "Pit Bull Owners"...
Indians and indian tribes are used as "mascots" becuase of their example of bravery as warriors...how could anything other than that be construed as the meaning?
Interesting. Another school, Marquette University, on the other side of Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, former home of the Braves (now of Atlanta), once had the nickname Warriors for their teams. The multi-cultural mullahs got it changed; now they are the Golden Eagles. Back then it was bad, now it is OK?
I really wish some athletic department would have the nerve to show up for an NCAA title event sans any references to their normal Indian nickname but play the game in blackface.
Sure, it'll never happen but it would certainly give those crybaby liberals their just desserts.
My wife went to CMU(Fire Up Chips!). I spent a lot of time on campus with her over her last 18 months or so. CMU has a number of effective outreach programs to maintain and develop ties with the local tribe. The Chippewa tribe in turn is very appreciative.
Frankly, many of the poor Chippewa people themselves are very appreciative for any kind of recognition, be it a kind word or smile. My wife was a Poly Sci major, and loved to work on campaigns.
She co-managed a campaign for local lawyer running for judge. They were substantially outfunded by the top candidate, so they tried to make up for it with shoe leather. My wife hit every Indian door in the district while the other campaign ignored them. She was continually struck by how grateful many of the Indians were to see this chipper, freshly scrubbed student on their doorsteps.
They won the campaign by less than 500 votes, and did very well in the Indian precincts, which normally had very low turnout.
Marquette changed from "Warriors" to "Golden Eagles". Should all patriots be offended because they are demeaning a cousin of our national bird?
Should all farmers be offended by the Nebraska "Cornhuskers"? Especially the way they have that mascot bounce around on the field?
Where is PETA, with all the rodents in the Big Ten and other loveable critters (Ducks, Beavers, Tigers, Buffaloes, Cougars...) that must also be victims of this crime?
If selecting a name is demeaning to the group you have selected, why doesn't any team use names like "Nazis", "Terrorists", "Murderers", "Rapists", "Pedophiles", or "Cowards"? Seems like that would be a great way to furhter insult all these later groups that deserve our disdain.
Why don't teams just pull out of the NCAA? And form their own governing body.
The NCAA prohibited Mississippi State from hosting a basketball tournament because of Mississippi's state flag. These guys are out of control.
Some Indians 'insulted' by the FSU football program and all of its national attention? But they are 'proud' of the gambling casinos, smoke shops and alcoholism on the reservations?
Next some liberal will say that he has talked to wolverines and buckeyes and they also feel insulted, and I'm only half joking.
"Other Seminole tribes are not supportive," said Charlotte Westerhaus, the NCAA vice president for diversity and inclusion.
I see, so basically, the standard is if a small minority or even if only one person is offended, you can't use the nickname. I'm part Irish, perhaps part Viking (maybe?), can I now get the NCAA to ban the Fighting Irish and Viking mascots? Why not Trojans, Spartans, Cowboys, or any other mascot based on a person. I'm sure SOMEBODY is offended by all of them.
Does anyone in their right mind think that schools choose nicknames and logos to be 'abusive and hostile' to Native Americans? Does a nation design a flag for hostile and abusive reasons or does it represent all that is implied by its nickname: "Old Glory"
Nicknames and logos are chosen to associate the school with positive virtues such as courage and steadfastness which are deemed to be part of Native American culture.
When was the last time CMU was selected for the NCAA basketball tourney, or played in the (division II or III) football playoffs? I'm not trying to be smart, but I suspect that this is aimed more at Florida State (Seminoles). I also wonder how the NCAA proposes to keep the fans from donning warpaint, team logo's and performing the hugely annoying "Tomahawk Chop"?
Fortunately, there is an antitrust suit currently against the NCAA. Don't know what we could do to support it (it would break up their monopoly of college sports), but maybe other FReepers could advise.