The second story relates to "the" army, not West Point. Did you know that the army's helicopters are all named after Native American tribes? Iriquois (the official name for the Huey), Kiowa, Blackhawk, Apache, et. al. (but not the Cobra), they're named after Native Americans. Isn't co-opting Native Americans a bad thing, a la the "tomahawk chop" in Atlanta? Where is the line to be drawn?
For this author, the line is drawn after helicopter names but before sports teams:
But Waxman, the managing editor of Boston Review, created a false equivalence between a football team named after a term generally considered to be a racial slur—“redskin”—and products named after the proper names for Native American tribes—Apache, Kiowa, etc.A quick tip for op-ed writers. For something to be offensive, people generally need to be, well, offended in the first place. Yet notably absent from Waxman’s missive are any quotes from irate Native American leaders—a particularly glaring omission.
I'm not buying it. I recall issues with a certain university and the Sioux, and some Sioux claimed to be offended and plenty of others said they weren't. Boom, the name was deemed offensive.
People don't name their sports teams after something they detest. They name them, in most cases, after something they like (Dolphins, 49ers, Pelicans, Rockies) or something that inspires fear or respect (Raiders, Buccaneers, Bears, Broncos, Patriots, Chiefs, Warriors, Kings, Bulls).
I'm waiting for sober Irish-Americans to demand Notre Dame change its mascot, or non-elitists to demand San Francisco State change its mascot.
West Point is changing away from Black Knights, I'm just waiting for someone to call the move racist.