The Journal Sentinel is on the warpath again.

February 11th, 2006

Indian mascots are in the news and in the editorials again.

As usual, generic viagra cialis the Journal Sentinel is in favor of the complete removal of all Native American nicknames whether they are respectful (such as the Marquette Warriors) or less defensible (Wauwatosa East’s Red Raiders).

A couple of questions I’d like to ask:

1.) Why are Native Americans specially privileged? Where are the screams about the other ethnically-related teams like Fighing Irish, cialis generic thumb Vikings, Dutchman, Celtics, Highlanders, Gauchos, Scots, Spartans, Vandals, Trojans, and Ragin’ Cajuns?

2.) How long will it be before we move to remove the nicknames that really SHOULD piss Native Americans off like: Pilgrims, Pioneers, Conquerors, Cavalry, Cowboys, and Trailblazers?

3.) And then we’ll need to move on to banning:

Battling Bishops, Deacons, Preachers, Friars, Saints (offends athiests).

Demons, Devils, Blue Devils (offends fundamentalists).

Crusaders (offends Muslims).

Gamecocks (PETA’s already pissed about them).

Vixens (offends feminists).

Rebels (offends blacks).

Yankees (offends rednecks).

Patriots (offends Liberals).

Boilermakers and Shoremen (offends unions).

Bombers (clearly anti-arab).

Flying Queens (just imagine who that might offend).

And Senators (pretty much offensive to everyone).

Seriously, don’t we have more important shit to worry about?

And here’s my first chance to remind the Journal Sentinel of their own admission that there is “no constitutional guarantee against being offended.”

(Thanks guys, it took you long enough, but I knew you wouldn’t be able to resist the siren song of hypocrisy forever.)

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Dean Mundy  |  February 11th, 2006 at 11:57 pm


  • 2. Patrick  |  February 12th, 2006 at 9:49 am

    In 10 years when all of the teams will be named after colors, the JS will be running editorials lamenting the fact that people that are color blind are being discriminated against.

    Some will never be happy unless that can complain about something.

    Florida State University T. K. Wetherell, who had announced this summer that the Seminole Tribe of Florida had signed off on its Seminole nickname and its use of an Indian’s head logo, called the NCAA’s actions “outrageous and insulting.??? “I intend to pursue all legal avenues to ensure that this unacceptable decision is overturned, and that this university will forever be associated with the ‘unconquered’ spirit of the Seminole Tribe of Florida,??? Wetherell said in a written statement.

    Not all tribes agree that Indian mascots are offensive, actually I don’t know of anyone that thinks names like the Warriors was offensive, and since my family home is in Black River Falls Wisconsin, I grew up with many friends that are Ho-Chunk and when Marquette first made their name switch, my friends thought it was funny, no Indian group in Wisconsin ever thought about forcing a name change. And to be a Warrior of your people isn’t something to be ashamed of, it is something to strive for, to be a Warrior of your people is to be their protector and provider, it is an honor that all young men wanted, not a derogatory term.

  • 3. Administrator  |  February 12th, 2006 at 10:11 am

    Nicely said, Patrick.

    And nice to see you, Dean.

  • 4. Peter DiGaudio  |  February 12th, 2006 at 3:16 pm

    My thoughts on this have always been that individuals who are upset about mascots and logos being “offensive” have way too much time on their hands.

  • 5. reddess of roscoomon  |  February 14th, 2006 at 11:24 am

    I ask this question in all seriousness. Can you even begin to imagine the JS editorial board coming to my defense if I took my Irish clan to a Notre Dame game to protest their mascot? I think that their portrayal of my heritage ( ticked off and ready to fight at all times) to be more negative than that of a proud, strong Indian warrior. From what my grandmother told me, my family belonged to the “poor Irish” when they arrived in this country and did face real hatred and discrimination. That being said, I agree with Peter; these people need to get a life.

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