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Racist Paternalism at the NCAA (A new milestone in condescending liberal racism.)
The American Prowler ^ | 8/10/2005 | Andrew Cline

Posted on 08/09/2005 11:51:36 PM PDT by nickcarraway

The National Collegiate Athletic Association's executive committee -- comprised of 14 white men, two white women, and three black men -- decided last week that 18 university and college nicknames were "hostile and abusive" to Indians. The nicknames and mascots may not be displayed on any team uniform at any NCAA postseason tournament starting next February. It was a new milestone in condescending liberal racism.

The committee members were the sole arbiters of what was "hostile and abusive" and what was not. Among those not allowed a say in the matter were, ahem, Indians.

After NCAA busybodies spent time snooping around Tallahassee, Florida, to gather evidence for their case against Florida State's use of the Seminoles nickname, the Seminole Tribal Council voted in April -- unanimously -- to affirm the tribe's support for the university's nickname and mascot. Nonetheless, come August the NCAA decreed FSU's use of the name "hostile and abusive." Those silly Indians, they obviously don't know what's good for them.

Also banned is the nickname of the University of Illinois -- the Illini. "Illini" was the name of the tribal confederation that once ruled the land now called Illinois. It is the root word for the state name and the name of its people, Illinoians. It is hard to see hostility in a name the white people use to describe themselves, but the NCAA sees it.

University of Illinois basketball jerseys say "Illinois," not "Illini." In its eternal wisdom, the executive committee will allow jerseys printed with "Illinois," but not ones printed with "Illini." What will committee members do when they learn that "Illinois" is French for "Illini"?

Allowing jerseys to bear the French name for the Illini tribal confederation, but not the name the confederation gave itself, is the logical end point of multicultural sensitivity. One wonders whether the University of Illinois student newspaper -- The Illini -- will be allowed to cover future NCAA tournaments.

Indiana University, whose athletic teams are called "Hoosiers," escaped the NCAA's nickname ban. But Indiana's jerseys don't say "Hoosiers." They say "Indiana," which means "Land of Indians."

By the way, the NCAA is headquartered in Indianapolis -- "City of the Land of Indians." How embarrassing.

The NCAA has banned the University of North Dakota's "Fighting Sioux" nickname. "Sioux" is the name for a confederation of smaller tribes, including the Dakota. If UND removes the "hostile and abusive" "Sioux" name from its jerseys and replaces it with "North Dakota," it will still have a tribal name on its jerseys. Obviously, the NCAA executives have not thought their plan through.

The University of Oklahama's football team wears jerseys sporting the university's team nickname: Sooners. Sooners were people who illegally occupied land confiscated from the Indians. (They got there "sooner" than the law allowed.) The university's basketball team wears jerseys bearing the state name: Oklahoma. "Oklahoma" is Choctaw for "red people." Both of these names are OK, while "Seminoles," approved by the tribe, is banned. Go figure.

A thought to consider: If Cherokee Parks becomes a college basketball coach, or Dakota Fanning plays a varsity sport in 2012, will announcers be permitted to mention their names on air?

A college referee I know wonders whether Billy Packer and Greg Gumbel will be allowed to say "Fighting Sioux" or "Seminoles." Play-by-play certainly will be clumsy if nicknames cannot be used.

All of this nonsense is born of the notion that when white people adopt the name and likeness of red people, it is an act of racism, an assertion of racial or tribal superiority. After all, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, a historically Indian institution, was allowed to keep its "Braves" nickname. Yet white people usually are not being condescending by adopting Indian names or mascots.

Athletic teams wish to associate themselves with qualities valued on the field of play: courage, valor, strength, endurance, bravery. Hence they choose names and mascots they believe emblematic of those qualities: Sioux, Vikings, Seminoles, Celtics, Bears, Tigers, Yankees, Pirates, etc. No one names his team the Pigeons.

To the NCAA executive committee, unencumbered by reality, the actual intent behind the nickname's adoption does not matter. All that matters is how others might perceive it.

The best reaction to this fear of offense, of course, is to let individual institutions work out these disagreements on their own. Instead, the paternalism that comes from intellectual superiority has overruled common sense. And so 19 white and black university and college executives have told countless Indians what is best for them. It is the very definition of racist paternalism.

I hope each of the 18 institutions affected by this policy makes every NCAA tournament next year. And I hope they wear their uniforms, unaltered, and force the NCAA to drag their players off the courts, fields, tracks and mats. Bureaucratic bullying is easy when it can be done with the stroke of a pen. When it has to be backed up by brute force, it becomes a lot more difficult to justify.

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: americanindians; indians; mascot; ncaa; pc; racism; sports

1 posted on 08/09/2005 11:51:38 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

This is above and beyond the call of stupid!!

2 posted on 08/10/2005 12:06:42 AM PDT by kb2614 ("Speaking Truth to Power" - What idiots say when they want to sound profound!!)
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To: nickcarraway

First the Indian tribes then the loosers of the civil war. If the CSA battle flag was offensive it won't be long until they are offended by old southern state nicknames like Tarheels, Gamecocks, Bulldogs, etc.

3 posted on 08/10/2005 12:08:33 AM PDT by carumba
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To: nickcarraway
Isn't that fascism?

No. Because we don't call it fascism.

4 posted on 08/10/2005 12:26:54 AM PDT by Rokurota (.)
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To: nickcarraway

Whatever anyone thinks of the use of Indian names for athletic team nicknames, I've always been mystified by the rabblerousers who claim the teams that use Indian nicknames wish to "slur" Indians. How they arrived at that conclusion I'll never understand. Then they claim that no one uses the names of Jews or Aframs or Greeks for names. Maybe not, but so what if they did? Norwegians (especially in my area), Irish, Scotsmen, Dutchmen, to name a few are all ethnic groups whose names in some form I've seen used for team nicknames. Who cares? Only the eternally insecure and dissatisfied types who need to get a life. Other than causing mischief I mean.

5 posted on 08/10/2005 1:42:10 AM PDT by driftless ( For life-long happiness, learn how to play the accordion.)
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To: nickcarraway

What about the Fighting Irish?

6 posted on 08/10/2005 2:39:13 AM PDT by GodBlessRonaldReagan (Count Petofi will not be denied!)
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To: nickcarraway

Dump the NCAA. These bureaucrats think sports in the USA couldn't get along without them. The 18 affected schools should begin immediately to establish an alternative association to compete with this overbearing bunch. At the very least, they should drag the NCAA into court in individual cases that would prove extremely costly to the NCAA.

7 posted on 08/10/2005 2:48:49 AM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: nickcarraway

The NCAA dipsh*ts have way too much time on their hands if they come up with dumba**ed rules like this one. I really think the lady in the Diversity Department of the NCAA is a fool, and totally ignorant. She needs to go back to Iowa State and get an education on real life and real people instead of the B.S. that comes out of her ugly mouth. The rest of the clowns on that committee of the NCAA should have a can of "whupass" opened on them out behind the woodshed. What buffoons!!

8 posted on 08/10/2005 3:10:03 AM PDT by geezerwheezer (get up boys, we're burnin' daylight!!!)
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To: GodBlessRonaldReagan

They can have my "mick"name when they pry it from my cold, dead hands. ;-)

9 posted on 08/10/2005 4:12:07 AM PDT by TomB ("The terrorist wraps himself in the world's grievances to cloak his true motives." - S. Rushdie)
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To: nickcarraway
So once again, we have the white man telling the "Native Americans" what they can and can't do.


This will blow up in their faces.

10 posted on 08/10/2005 4:15:17 AM PDT by Northern Yankee (Freedom Needs A Soldier)
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To: nickcarraway
I agree. We should not name institutions of higher learning after Indians. Indians contributed nothing to the building of this nation and certainly nothing to higher education.

The most logical name for a college would be to name it after the city in which it is located or after the name of its founders.
11 posted on 08/10/2005 5:31:42 AM PDT by R.W.Ratikal
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To: driftless
If using Indian nicknames is a slur, then why isn't using other ethnic nicknames a slur on them? Shouldn't the NCAA Executive Committee ban the use of ethnic nicknames? Or all names based on people, occupations, human characteristics? The "Lumberjacks" is a slur on working class men, who cut down forests. Nearby in Midland, Michigan, home of Dow Chemical, the high school nickname is the "Chemics". Isn't that a slur on Chemists? If not, why not?

When this issue bubbled up years ago, I came up with the only appropriate PC nickname: "The Amoebas". Why? They have no color, they have no sex (or gender to the pc folks), they have no human qualities and they've killed millions of human beings. What's not to like?

12 posted on 08/10/2005 7:32:44 AM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (Jabba the Hutt's bigger, meaner, uglier brother.)
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To: R.W.Ratikal


13 posted on 08/11/2005 10:58:05 AM PDT by Kryptonite
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To: Jabba the Nutt

bump for laughs

14 posted on 08/13/2005 7:06:26 AM PDT by spycatcher
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