People who know me well know that I’m slow to temper, even keeled and usually give people the benefit of doubt when they do something I find stupid. This can probably be seen on the boards where my pit offerings are decidedly non-vitriolic and the few pit threads I’ve started are weak at best.
But now it’s just gone too far.
For the full information, I give you this article from the Washington Post, wherein it is stated:
Now label me an insensitive white guy, but I’m really sick of this! I agree that names like Washington’s “Redskins” football team are pejorative and should be changed. I just must draw a line here. When did “Braves” become offensive? Is it offensive because it is directly associated with Indians (American Indians/Native Americans)? I always thought that being labeled brave was a good thing.
OK, I’ll give you that “Braves” might be considered offensive because it is only associated with Indians. We don’t really refer do individuals from other “races” or cultures as Braves, do we? I still don’t get the “Warriors” thing. Warriors can refer to people from other cultures. I can instantly mention Chinese warriors.
Perhaps it’s the mascot? Could “Podunk High School – Home of the Warriors” just change their mascot from an Indian to a 4th dynasty Shinto warrior? (If that’s even correct.) When does this stop? Come on, people.
Referring to the Tayac Elementary School Indians, the article states:
Sorry, can’t get along with that logic. It isn’t the same. A better comparison might be the Northern High School Patriots (real school) or maybe something like “Robert E. Lee High School Confederates”. Chief Billy Tayac, quoted above, is head of the Piscataway Indian Nation. Is it offensive to refer to them as Indians? I just don’t get it.
Is the push to eliminate all traces of these names because people are so afraid that one day somebody somewhere might find such a reference mildly caustic? Is it because minority groups are finally getting the legislative power they deserve but were denied for so long and don’t know just how to flex this newfound power?
Wait, I don’t care why, I just want it to stop! Don’t get me wrong; I can’t abide by the “Al Jolson High School Mammies” or the “Armpit South Carolina High School Cotton Pickers” or such. I just thing that enough is enough! Definitely change the offensive names and references. Don’t go witch-hunting for offensive names.
[sub]I won’t even go into the expenses on already strapped schools systems associated with changing letterhead, gym floors, etc.[/sub]