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Wisconsin orders high school to change Indians nickname
Associated Press ^ | September 19, 2011

Posted on 09/19/2011 7:16:59 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement

Wisconsin education officials have ordered a high school to change its sports nickname from the Indians.

An alumnus of Berlin High School north of Milwaukee complained to the state Department of Public Instruction about the use of the nickname. That opened the door to the state ordering the school to change it.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: indians; nicknames; wisconsin
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Pretty soon, Giants will be deemed offensive.
1 posted on 09/19/2011 7:17:04 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement
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To: ConservativeStatement

They should change it to ‘Pakistanis’.


2 posted on 09/19/2011 7:19:46 AM PDT by Hoodat (God bless the Commonwealth)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Change the name to “Big Reds.”


3 posted on 09/19/2011 7:20:22 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (I want a Triple A president for our Triple A country)
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To: ConservativeStatement

That is stupid

Since people love their teams, obviously the “Indians” are loved not disrespected.

People always want something to complain about.


4 posted on 09/19/2011 7:21:05 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: ConservativeStatement

If I were an Indian, I would be pissed.

The PC apparatchiks are now saying that Indians are no longer admirable for their tenacity, fighting spirit, ingenuity - which is what one wants when one chooses a team name, isn’t it? (not counting the idiots at UC Santa Cruz....)


5 posted on 09/19/2011 7:21:05 AM PDT by PGR88 (I'm so open-minded my brains fell out)
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To: ConservativeStatement
An alumnus of Berlin High School north of Milwaukee complained to the state Department of Public Instruction about the use of the nickname.

It takes only one whiner to overturn what thousands of fans want to keep?

6 posted on 09/19/2011 7:22:06 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: PGR88

Isn’t it Stanford that is named the Pine Trees or some PC thing like that


7 posted on 09/19/2011 7:22:13 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: ConservativeStatement

And the name Wisconsin comes from the Chippewa Indians.


8 posted on 09/19/2011 7:23:01 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Obama - Wear The Fail!)
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To: yldstrk

How about “Savages”...

they could keep the same mascot outfit and everything!


9 posted on 09/19/2011 7:23:01 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: MrB

I like “Crusaders” myself. With big red crosses on the uniforms.


10 posted on 09/19/2011 7:24:27 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Be careful of believing something just because you want it to be true.)
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To: MrB

How about the “Nice Humans” that ought to satisfy everybody


11 posted on 09/19/2011 7:24:33 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: ConservativeStatement

An ALUMNUS was bitching about the name but when that same alumnus was at the school, he/she did not throw a pc hissy fit...

Outstanding. One pc moron ruins tradition out of liberal guilt.

and from the AP, libtard bastion of Obama worship.


12 posted on 09/19/2011 7:24:45 AM PDT by max americana (FUBO NATION 2012 FK BARAK)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

lol, my husband is a red head that is what I call him.


13 posted on 09/19/2011 7:25:01 AM PDT by television is just wrong
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To: ConservativeStatement

...because it’s a disgusting name and something to be ashamed of! /s


14 posted on 09/19/2011 7:26:05 AM PDT by RingerSIX (My wife and I took an AIDS vaccine that they offer down at our Church.)
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To: MrB
How about “Savages”... they could keep the same mascot outfit and everything!

How about "Redskins"? Or maybe "In'juns"? :^)

15 posted on 09/19/2011 7:26:25 AM PDT by ozark hilljilly
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To: yldstrk; PGR88
I had to laugh, last year when my son was looking at colleges one school he considered was Carnegie Mellon.

I thought it was a very impressive school, but their mascot is hilarious. Being strongly influenced by Scottish heritage, their mascot is a piece of tartan fabric. They're the "Tartans."

16 posted on 09/19/2011 7:26:38 AM PDT by RetroSexual
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To: ConservativeStatement

Not with that defensive line of theirs


17 posted on 09/19/2011 7:26:48 AM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: ConservativeStatement

Kind of reminds me of the ‘idiotic’ PETA group demanding Fishkill NY change its name to anything other than a name that promotes the killing of fish.

Which may (or may not) be commendable, but for the Dutch that settled there, ‘Kill’ meant body of water, not slay, so, in essence, the PETA PFOOLS are against ‘honoring’ a place that keeps fish alive.


18 posted on 09/19/2011 7:27:30 AM PDT by xrmusn ((6/98) If govt involved, the more outlandish a scheme appears, the truer it probably is.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Vikings and Fighting Irish next!


19 posted on 09/19/2011 7:28:06 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: ConservativeStatement
Pretty soon, Giants will be deemed offensive.

Yeah, but only to midgets. Wait, should I have said Little People?

20 posted on 09/19/2011 7:28:31 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: RetroSexual

That is funny.


21 posted on 09/19/2011 7:29:20 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Since it’s Berlin City, it should be “Turks”


22 posted on 09/19/2011 7:30:16 AM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

If all native American or Indian names are done away with, there will be a lot of blank spaces on American maps.


23 posted on 09/19/2011 7:30:40 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (I want a Triple A president for our Triple A country)
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To: ConservativeStatement

OK how about the “Berlin High School Asshole Politicians”


24 posted on 09/19/2011 7:31:09 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

The crazy part of this is that the State of Wisconsin OWNS the tech schools and they OWN one named Indianhead Tech at Rice Lake, WI.


25 posted on 09/19/2011 7:31:22 AM PDT by CMailBag
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To: ConservativeStatement

Change the name to the “Cowboys”...or better yet...the “Fighting 7th Calvary”


26 posted on 09/19/2011 7:31:22 AM PDT by Miles the Slasher
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To: ConservativeStatement

Change the name to the “Cowboys”...or better yet...the “Fighting 7th Calvary”


27 posted on 09/19/2011 7:31:37 AM PDT by Miles the Slasher
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To: ConservativeStatement

It just happened in my hometown of Menomonie, Wisconsin. We have been the Menomonie Indians mascot logo for the last 75-80 yrs or so. Then a couple of UW-Stout activists (commies) and a bunch of the libturd school teachers & administrators & liberal school board banned the use of “Indians”, and just within the last couple of weeks a new “mascot” logo (aka Mavericks or Mustangs -— Ooooo what daring ingenuity) has been chosen and the school is hyping this with Ohhhh so much enthusiasm & hype! Apparently the new logo & mascot will be unveiled in some garish, hyped display. Makes me wanna puke. Rat bastard liberals can never leave anything alone. I hate em with a passion.


28 posted on 09/19/2011 7:31:53 AM PDT by rcrngroup
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To: ConservativeStatement

A majority of ONE!


29 posted on 09/19/2011 7:33:27 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Puppage

“Wait, should I have said Little People?”

Vertically challenged.


30 posted on 09/19/2011 7:35:44 AM PDT by radioone ("2012 can't come soon enough")
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To: ConservativeStatement

Screw the Indians already.

Rename the team the Berlin “Germans”.


31 posted on 09/19/2011 7:35:56 AM PDT by School of Rational Thought ("The proposition that the government is always right is manifested either in corruption or benefits)
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To: rcrngroup

In either this, or the OP’s complaint, were American Indians ever asked their view? In a country that proudly flaunts the likes of Fighting Irish and Minnesota Vikings, why not give our red skinned brethren a chance to weigh in on the matter? I understand that objections are far, far from unanimous among them. Some of them have even gotten savvy and licensed their own tribe name.


32 posted on 09/19/2011 7:38:35 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: School of Rational Thought

Berlin Blitzkrieg


33 posted on 09/19/2011 7:38:57 AM PDT by Comparative Advantage
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To: Comparative Advantage

Berlin Jelly Doughnuts? (Ich bin ein Berliner)


34 posted on 09/19/2011 7:42:05 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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>>> That is stupid. Since people love their teams, obviously the “Indians” are loved not disrespected. People always want something to complain about.>>>

Don’t go bringing logic into this. But to prove your point, a few years ago some of these same PC police were trying to get UMass to change their nickname FROM Minutemen - because the Minutemen were of course a bunch of white guys and we can’t be glorifying white guys.

With Indians, Redskins, Seminoles, Warriors, and all “native American’ related names, they say we must change it because we are degrading them.

So liberal idiots, please make up your mind: does an athletic nickname glorify and honor or demean the mascot? Of course any thinking person knows it honors - or actually - is really just a fun way to separate teams.


35 posted on 09/19/2011 7:42:35 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright
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To: ConservativeStatement

I live in Richmond, Va. We just changed the name of our ball team from the “Braves” to the “Flying Squirrels”. The ones in my backyard seem pissed about it.


36 posted on 09/19/2011 7:43:24 AM PDT by albie
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To: ConservativeStatement

Time for “The Fighting Aryans” of Berlin High to take the field!


37 posted on 09/19/2011 7:43:24 AM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: ConservativeStatement

Stupid! Also dumb.


38 posted on 09/19/2011 7:43:55 AM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: ConservativeStatement

This kind of crap is happening on a weekly basis and it’s ridiculous. I’m Belgian by decent and would be thrilled to have a high school have the “Fightin Belgians” as a nickname. Unfortunately us Belgies are second only to France in our propensity to aquiesce.

http://exposingtheleft.blogspot.com/2011/09/wisconsin-orders-high-school-to-change.html


39 posted on 09/19/2011 7:44:36 AM PDT by traderrob6
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Perhaps folks from Florida can clarify this, but as I understand it, the Seminole tribes in Florida have been a key in fighting the political correct libs who want Florida State to drop Seminoles as their mascot.

They know that Florida State football is the main reason anyone ever utters the word “Seminole” anymore, and that the use of that name is meant to honor the bravery and fighting spirit of Seminole warriors. So they do like it.

Again, Florida folks may debunk this, but that has been my understanding....


40 posted on 09/19/2011 7:45:22 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright
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To: ConservativeStatement

Illinois is an offensive Indian-derived name. We need to change the name to either Madiganistan, or whatever the Algonquin Indian word is for “Corruption on the Prairie”.


41 posted on 09/19/2011 7:45:28 AM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all......)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Fine. They should change the name to “Siberian-Americans”.


42 posted on 09/19/2011 7:46:38 AM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: ConservativeStatement
Changing a mascot name does not need to be a political fight.. But, it should be a political process so that those who are "offended" can learn the basics of such an action.

First, all they need to do is convene a series of public meetings to decide on the new name or circulate petitions and qualify the name of their choice for the ballot.

Then (if the name finds consensus), they need to create funding for all of the legal work involved with changing incorporation documents and contracts that may include the offensive name. They should accept responsibility of paying for the changing of logos on the schools, the stadium, the basketball court, the scoreboards etc.

They will also have to pay for new uniforms and cheerleader outfits. Any schedules or posters already printed will need replacing, too.

It's all very simple, really. Those who are offended should bear all responsibility for making any changes needed. No expense or energy should be borne by anyone else.

43 posted on 09/19/2011 7:48:27 AM PDT by Baynative (The penalty for not participating in politics is you will be governed by your inferiors.)
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To: N. Theknow
And the name Wisconsin comes from the Chippewa Indians. You're on to something. The US is replete (too numerous to name) with Indian names for its cities and states. And everyone knows I don't mean the Indians in the country with 1,000,000,000+ people.
44 posted on 09/19/2011 7:48:34 AM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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How about the “Native Americans?”


45 posted on 09/19/2011 7:49:44 AM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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To: ConservativeStatement
How about the Berlin Sturmabteilung?

Go Stormtroopers!

46 posted on 09/19/2011 7:52:12 AM PDT by caddie
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Illinois is the way the early French explorers/missionaries wrote hilinawe, which simply means “man” in the applicable Indian tongue. I didn’t know there were any derogatory connotations there. “Corruption on the Prairie” might require about sixteen syllables in Algonquin — these supposedly benighted tribes apparently had very little problem with that and wouldn’t have a short word for it. (Now killing raids upon their Indian neighbors, that would be another story. But hey, all men have weaknesses.)


47 posted on 09/19/2011 7:52:15 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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How novel... wait, _I’m_ a “Native American”.
I was born here.

How about “Fightin’ Whiteys”?


48 posted on 09/19/2011 7:53:11 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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The PC apparatchiks are now saying that Indians are no longer admirable for their tenacity, fighting spirit, ingenuity

Right . . . perhaps Berlin High School Poodles, or perhaps Buttercups.

49 posted on 09/19/2011 7:53:36 AM PDT by laweeks
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There’s a street in Virginia Beach, VA called Witch Duck. The name dates back to colonial times when women accused of witchcraft were ducked under water to determine whether or not they were witches. I assume if they drowned that proved they were not witches. Are witches offended by the name?


50 posted on 09/19/2011 7:54:17 AM PDT by luvbach1 (Stop the destruction in 2012 or continue the decline)
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