Dwanna, You say "Better yet, join us in our fight against racist mascots, name brands, products, entertainers using sacred headdresses as costumes, and other harmful stereotypical practices." While I am very sympathetic and want desperately to conform to your cause, I admit I have trouble with some of it. The term "Redskins" is an easy one...even though it was named as a tribute to an early Native American head coach of the football team while it resided in Boston (it replaced "Braves" as the mascot). And Chief Wahoo has to go for sure! But are all mascots, name brands, products, and costumes that use Native American terms and names racist??? Is it racist to name a model of car or a tire or a sail boat after a tribe? Why is the term "Brave" or "Warrior" racist when it is used in positive terms (as opposed to Redskins, which can't be used as anything but derogatory), or can be applied to nearly any group of people? And if so....why are Native Americans the only group to be offended by so many of these things, and of such general terms? Believe me, you don't to teach me the deplorable history whites have on this continent when it comes to Native Americans (and others), but it seems that many groups of people have been represented in many of the same ways.....mascots, brands, products, etc..... and few if any of them are offended by them. I don't see the Irish getting ticked at the term Fighting Irish, or the locomotive makers angry that Purdue calls themselves the Boilermakers. Is the Grecian-American population upset that Michigan State calls themselves the Spartans? This issue has always been a tough one for me because on the one hand, I cringe at the history my ancestors have left for us, and I am fascinated by the things Native Americans have done for us, have contributed to our culture, and continue to be a positive element in our modern society. But on the other, I see some of this (not all of it) as being, as you say, over-sensitive. That said, I have always maintained that I have no right to tell another group of people what should or should not offend them. So I defer to your wishes. But still.....I would like to understand.
Monday, September 17, 2012 - 17:41