Skip to comments.Here Come the Indian Mascot Killers
Posted on 07/25/2014 6:05:38 AM PDT by Kaslin
Anyone who thinks the cultural left is going to stop its political correctness with the Washington Redskins isn't reading USA Today. On the top of their Sports front page on July 22, the paper reported on activists taking a stand against "redface," championing a group called Eradicating Offensive Indian Mascotry.
The thought police have turned on the sirens.
The group's creator, Jacqueline Keeler, now equates "redface" with "blackface," and wants all headdresses and other "culturally insensitive" costumes and makeup banned, followed by banning all Indian team names, since they allow fans to "play Indian" with war paint and headdresses and so on. And on.
USA Today reporter Erik Brady reported how the San Francisco Giants have instituted a policy "against fans wearing culturally insensitive attire, apparently a first-of-a-kind rule in major American sports." Fans who see such a thing are supposed to text message stadium security with the world "FOUL."
How will the Giants brass judge what is intolerably insensitive and what is not? Giants Senior Vice President of Communications Staci Slaughter wants to make sure "everyone feels welcome at AT&T Park." That is, unless you're judged "culturally insensitive."
No word yet on what dwarfs think of the height-insensitive "Giants."
One Indian activist who was detained by security for harassing non-Indian fans with headdresses promised he would text security if a Cleveland Indians fan wears any apparel with the traditional Chief Wahoo cartoon art. Atlanta Braves fans doing the "Tomahawk chop" would surely be disciplined. Florida State fans, you're next.
Brady wasn't just reporting on this San Francisco political correctness. He used the opportunity to push it.
"USA Today Sports asked the Cleveland Indians, Atlanta Braves, Chicago Blackhawks, Kansas City Chiefs and Washington's NFL club whether they would consider a similar policy and if they are comfortable with some fans of their teams coming to games dressed as pretend Indians."
And: "USA Today Sports asked the NFL if it is comfortable with fans of the Washington and Kansas City teams attending games in feathers and war paint and if the league favors rules against fans wearing culturally insensitive attire in stadiums where those two teams play."
And: "USA Today Sports asked MLB if it would encourage other teams to adopt policies like the Giants' and asked as well what happens if Native Americans find official MLB merchandise, such as Cleveland's or Atlanta's, offensive." For now, these leagues tried to defer back to local teams and insist they're only against "disruptive" behavior.
The pressure will mount. Brady tweeted out an argument from psychologist Dr. Mike Friedman that "social science shows direct connection between Indian team names and depression and other factors that lead to suicide." Friedman "says high suicide rate among Native youth makes Indian mascots an issue of public health, not political correctness."
Brady ended his crusade of a story with Jacqueline Pata, executive director of the National Congress of American Indians, who recalled crying and feeling violated when the Washington Redskins Band marched by in a Fourth of July parade in Fairfax, Virginia, in 2000. "There was the band leader in this fake yellow headdress and I just couldn't believe how I felt, like this terrible violation," Pata said. "I actually physically had to turn my back. Tears streamed down my face and I left."
Call us insensitive, but we don't believe a word of it.
Brady and his gaggle of media-elite censors in sports and news sections aren't interested in the fact that a majority of native Americans are not offended. They prefer to pretend that everyone is represented by the Indian radicals who see racism in every fan who loves their Indian mascot, just as every short person in San Francisco sees hate in their Giants
In a way you have to feel sorry for such people. They must wake up every morning feeling sad and depressed and go to bed every night feeling worse. There is absolutely no joy in their world.
NO ONE would even remotely pay attention to the American Indians if it weren't for these occasional bro-ha-has.
Their tribes would only be remembered by the folks in Welfare who send them their regular checks.
How ‘bout indians in “whiteface”, sporting names like ‘Jacqueline Keeler’? What kind of cultural insensitivity would drive a person to do that?
In San Fran —
The word Giant refers to a homo with a really big unit.
Don’t forget the Apache helicopter - it reflects negatively on the peaceful, inclusive nature of historic Apaches. Before Columbus never touched foot on US soil, all Native Americans loved each other - sharing resources and preserving the wildlife. They would never align with the white invaders to eliminate the neighbor tribe. They would never make a contract to swap land for weapons. And the bloodlust and scalping thing - just gossip! It would be shameful to have such a history that rallies future generations to a feeling of domination - even if just for a sport...
I am hoping for a MLB World Series this October between the Atlanta Braves and the Cleveland Indians.
What if I am an Ultra Orthodox Jew and wear my “costume”? Are they goingto throw me out for being culturally insensitive? Can I sue them for discrimination if they do?
It is time to eliminate the last vestiges of Indian oppression. It’s time to eliminate the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Reservations.
A lot of Indians ate one another.
Sounds like a great idea!
Ban ALL Indian names!
All teams, college, pro, high school with any version of the following Indian names must change them NOW!
Once these are gone, we get started on the BIG list!
(*&^%$#^&* Liberal idiots!)
The Chicago Blackhawks and Kansas City Chiefs also need to get rid of the native american words:
As do a huge number of other towns, cities, and states. It’s such a compassionate thing to wipe out the remembrance of an honored people. (Sounds like ethnic cleansing, if you ask me.)
This will only end when all things American Indian are erased and forgotten.
The company I work for is located on Arapahoe Road. Indian tribe name. We go to Zuni Street. Indian tribe, then to Kiowa Street. Indian tribe. All located in Colorado, a name coming from the Indians.
All these names need to be removed from our culture.
They will need to ban alcohol sales at games as well, if they are looking to eradicate ALL imitation...
As I always say you are entitled to your opinion.
It probably escaped you that most Native Americans have no problem with the name of the Washington Redskins, or any other sports team that uses Native American symbol as their mascot
Another thing: Stop it with your racist comment
Well, I guess you and I have different upbringings. My mother and sister were born in Arizona and I visited there year after year after year. One of my oldest friends dad was 1/2 Creek. (She is blue-eyed and red haired but HALF Creek.)
Also, I spend MUCH time in northern California where the Indians THERE owned casinos. Mind you, gambling, in theory, is against the law in California, but those tribes got to own casinos.
The word was that the Las Vegas
mob people REALLY ran those casinos, since the Indians were not really willing to work the casinos...but they did own them. Who could blame them? Some legacy. They let the mob people from Las Vegas run the casinos. I saw this with my own eyes.
Also, I applaud you in knowing MOST Native Americans and their having no problem with the team names. You must be a BIG honcho to all those Native Americans, who by the way, are the FIRST Americans, not native at all. Being the FIRST Americans doesn't entitle them to anything more or less than being the newest American.
We are a nation of immigrants. Or do you think that being the FIRST Americans entitle them to MORE than you or I have?
I knew Cochise, Maricopa, Mojave, Pima and Santa Cruz counties the best. My uncle worked for U.S. Customs in Nogales for all his working life. He worked inspecting the produce trucks and trains coming in from Mexico.
Where my mother grew up, in Phoenix, Maricopa County, is NOW downtown Phoenix.
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