Sports Mascots Under Attack

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  Perhaps nowhere are politically correct mandates met with more opposition than in the arena of sports. Whether it’s a professional franchise, a college alma mater, or the local high school; the language police are insisting that there is racism, bigotry, worse yet, INSENSITIVITY!
But sometimes their protestations reveal more about their own prejudices than about the hearts and passions of the players on the teams.  This point becomes clear when we understand that a mascot is a sense of pride which the team identifies with. If a team calls themselves ‘Patriots’ it means that they identify patriotism as something to be respected. If a team calls themselves ‘Warriors’ then they see a positive aspect in having a fighting spirit.
But when a naysayer complains that it demeans the Scandinavians when we identify a team by the name ‘Vikings’, then perhaps the naysayer is the one holding a dim view of Vikings? Take a look at this list of teams who have recently been under attack by the PC police for their sports mascots:
Apaches
Athenians
Aztecs
Black Indians
Black Yankees
Blackhawks
Blue Hose
Bowmen
Braves
Britons
Brown Indians and Brown Squaws
Celtics
Celts
Chickasaws
Chiefs
Chieftains
Chippewas
Choctaws
Colonials
Continentals
Crusaders
Cubans
Dutchmen
Fighting Illini
Fighting Irish
Fighting Maroons
Fighting Scots
Fighting Whites
Flying Dutchmen
Gaels
Golden Gaels
Green Raiders
Highlanders
Hillbillies
Hurons
Indians
Indians and Otahkians
Johnnies
Moccasins
Mohawks
Mohicans
Mountaineers
Norse
Orange
Orangemen
Plainsmen
Quakers
Ragin’ Cajuns
Rebels
Red Raiders
Redmen
Redmen and Lady Reds
Redskins
Samurai
Savages
Saxons
Scots
Seminoles
Seris
Spartans
Swedes
Tartars
Tomahawks
Tribe
Trojans
Utes
Vandals
Vikings
Warriors
Winterhawks
  The idiocy extends to prejudice within the PC crowd when you consider that a ‘Warrior’ is not an ethnicity. Neither is a ‘Chief’, Rebel, Bowman, Mountaineer, Highlander, Tribe, or Green Raider. A Patriot, Colonial, or Pilgrim could be identified in any civilized continent.
It’s time we call on our local schools and colleges to pay no attention to the nonsense! The Washington Bullets were told that their team name represented crime and lawlessness. Sadly, they dropped the wrong word. They should have remained ‘The Bullets’ and dropped their association with Washington DC.

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