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Monday, August 08, 2005

Don't Worry, Smallpox Blankets Are Still OK

FSU fans, as well as fans at other schools with mascots named after Native American tribes and their stereotypes, are upset that the NCAA has banned "the use of American Indian mascots by sports teams during its postseason tournaments, but will not prohibit them otherwise."

FSU President T.K. Wetherell called the move a "complete lack of appreciation for cultural diversity" He was apparently also speaking for the presidents of the Southeastern Oklahoma State "Savages" and Carthage College "Redmen." And you can't get more appreciate of other cultures than by calling them savages and redmen.

OK, so the Florida Seminole tribal authority says it is cool with them to have FSU be the Seminoles, but Seminole tribes elsewhere say it's not. And of course the tribal resolution doesn't mean all Florida Seminoles agree with it.

Heck, those injuns should feel proud that we've repaid the near destruction of their people and the theft of the lands with the honor of a non-Native American cheerleader riding around Doak Campbell stadium in constume and carrying a spear.

Here's a suggestion -- change FSU's mascot to the Hillbillies, with a straw-chewin' slack-jawed yokel with a huge grin painted on the 50 yard line and a similar mascot hanging in a hammock behind the bench, drinking beer. FSU fans would be re-naming their dogs "hillbilly", and Gators fans wouldn't know what to do -- how could they make fun of their own kind? It would be an interesting situation.


Anonymous Chandler Otis said...

How about the Florida State Miss Demeanors.

All I know is that when I transfered from UF to FSU, I raised the grade point average in both instituions.

7:43 AM


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