Saturday, April 10, 2010
The Purge of Indian Symbols
The NCAA continues on its warpath to purge any Indian symbols from college sports. The most recently causality was William and Mary who just recently changed their Indian symbol to that of a griffin.
Indian symbols were originally selected by many universities as a way to pay homage to the bravery and warrior spirit of the Indians. No one wants to have a mascot that does not reflect positive qualities. As such, choosing an Indian as a symbol was a high form of flattery and respect. This holds true not only of Indians but of other ethnic groups. For example, the Vikings and the Fighting Irish are symbols that are meant to honor, not degrade, people of Scandinavian and Irish descent.
The ultimate irony is that the extreme politically correct crowd is actually excluding all references to other ethnic groups save for Europeans. Of course, they are too stupid to see what they are doing. But it is amusing.