Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Political Correctness Run Amok

The University of North Dakota has been strong-armed into changing its mascot from the Fighting Sioux, which it has been since 1930, because some people get their panties in a bunch over "a historically disenfranchised race of people" and "hurt":
Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed a law Wednesday overturning a last-ditch attempt in March by the Legislature — which counts many UND alumni among its members — to mandate that UND keep the Fighting Sioux name. That maneuvering caused scheduling headaches for UND teams and threatened its bid to join the Big Sky Conference as it transitions from Division II to Division I sports.

Since August, the NCAA has banned UND from hosting postseason tournaments and said the school's athletes may not wear uniforms with the nickname or logo during postseason play.
The NCAA is operating under the meme of "so open-minded, your brains fall out." How is a mascot at all "hurtful"? Did UND choose the Fighting Sioux to make a mockery, or because they thought it was something inspiring?

Whatever. I guess there are bigger battles in the world, but if you roll over for the little ones, how are you going to act for the big ones?


Jean said...

Not only that, but the Indian tribe officially gave them permission for the name years ago and are quite angry about this.

Darren said...

According to the linked article, one tribe of Sioux granted permission but another did not.

KauaiMark said...

Maybe they should open a law school then they could name the mascot:


Darren said...


maxutils said...

Fighting Irish. Seminoles. Utes. Illini (sp?. Trojans. Spartans. Grow up.

maxutils said...

Boilermakers. I'm sure I could keep going.