From the NCAA website:
“Colleges and universities may adopt any mascot that they wish, as that is an institutional matter,” said Walter Harrison, chair of the Executive Committee and president at the University of Hartford. “But as a national association, we believe that mascots, nicknames or images deemed hostile or abusive in terms of race, ethnicity or national origin should not be visible at the championship events that we control.”
If there is one thing that drives Independent Sources bonkers, it is political correctness run amok. Fortunately, we’re not alone. Four years ago, Roger Ebert wrote this concerning the Illini name and it’s still true today:
“We live in the State of Illinois, named for the Illini Tribe of Native Americans. It was inescapable that the state university would celebrate an Illini Chief. The Chief was never a ‘mascot,’ and indeed goes so far back that he pre-dates the use of ‘mascots’ for most sports teams. A case could be made that he was the single most positive public image of Indians in Illinois.”
Columnist Jeff Jacoby of the Boston Globe contributed this:
“So this is what ‘civil rights’ has degenerated into,” he wrote. “Does it really need to be pointed out how idiotic all of this is? No athletic team chooses a name or a mascot in order to bring contempt or disrepute on itself. On the contrary Cleveland’s ballclub would never have changed its name to ‘Indians’ in 1915 if ‘Indians’ was an insult. If teams with Indian names portrayed them as savages or alcoholics, outrage would be the appropriate reaction. But they don’t. They depict Indians and by extension themselves as noble, courageous and fierce. The Fighting Sioux is a title of honor just like The Fighting Irish.”
More recently, ESPN.com remarked:
Starting with the inevitable PETA lawsuit, demanding the elimination of the Tigers, Bengals, Lions, Golden Lions, etc….
Or the Audubon Society, who would demand the end to Eagles, Purple Eagles, Golden Eagles, Golden Flashes, Cardinals, etc..
Or the insect freaks, who would target Hornets, Spiders and Anteaters
Or the church groups who want to get rid of the Demons, Demon Deacons, Blue Demons, Blue Devils, Sun Devils and Delta Devils. Or the anti-church groups, who would target the Demon Deacons, Saints, Crusaders and Friars.
Or the arborists going after Stanford’s tree mascot or how about the Weather Channel, aiming at the Hurricanes, Golden Hurricane, Cyclones, Green Wave, Crimson Tide (unless you want to go with the elephant motif) and Shockers.
Or Alcoholics Anonymous, aiming for the Boilermakers.
Independent Sources weighs in with this:
If using a name of any group of people is considered derogatory then we better get rid of the Patriots and Cowboys as well. In fact, it would appear that it is okay to honor the land-rushers of Oklahoma (“Sooners”) but not the folks that were there before them. We can’t honor the Native Americans who were in Texas before it was Texas, but we can honor the Cowboys that moved them aside. Way to go PC’ers!
Independent Sources can summarize the NCAA mascot decision and other similar movements in three words: Stupid, Stupid, and Stupid!
Next up: Independent Sources apologizes to anyone offended by our calling them “stupid moronic politically correct weasels” and especially to the NCAA who we refer to as “Money grubbing stupid moronic politically correct weasels.” We’re really sorry if you were offended.
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