The NCAA has caved into political correctness. In all of its infinite wisdom, the NCAA has banned the use of Indian mascots, names, etc. and opened up a real can of worms.This MSNBC article
any school with a nickname or logo considered racially or ethnically “hostile”
or “abusive” by the NCAA would be prohibited from using them in postseason
events. Mascots will not be allowed to perform at tournament games, and band
members and cheerleaders will also be barred from using American Indians on
their uniforms beginning in 2008.
Obviously, the do gooders have had an impact with the NCAA. Let's consider some other casualties as the new rule reads.
Notre Dame "Fighting Irish" - The Irish "ethnic group" is definitely being portrayed in a hostile
manner, i.e."fighting". They could be doomed.
North Carolina "Tar Heels" - Here's a nickname about the savage treatment of slaves to keep
them from being able to run away. One would think this would
definitely be a target.
Now, consider that all "braves" are not going to be barred. All "warriors" are not going to be sanctioned.
Affected schools were quick to complain, and Florida State — home of the
Seminoles — threatened legal action.
“That the NCAA would now label our close
bond with the Seminole people as culturally ’hostile and abusive’ is both
outrageous and insulting,” Florida State president T.K. Wetherell said in a
I know several people who are alums of schools with Indian nicknames. I don't know of one who considers it demeaning. Most are universities who are located in an area once settled by one tribe or another and chose this way to honor the early settlers. How this became demeaning is beyond me.
One thing that isn't beyond me however is this - Myles Brand is still as sharp as a marble.
But wait a minute, I just heard that PETA is about to mount a campaign against the use of animal nicknames and mascots as some are portrayed as "hostile."
Just a thought.