Saturday, August 06, 2005

Censorchimps: The NCAA Sub-Species

Our "good buddies" over at the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) have decided to ban the use of Native American mascots or team names at this year's championships. Schools cannot host playoff games unless the logos and references to the names are covered up. Teams traveling to games must also abide by the ban as well.

The case of what happened to my alma mater Florida State University illustrates the idiocy of this particular ban very well:(emphasis added)

FSU President T.K. Wetherell said in a statement that he intends to pursue "all legal avenues" to overturn the decision, and he pointed to a resolution passed June 17 by the Seminole Tribe of Florida embracing the university's use of the Seminole name and imagery.

"That the NCAA would now label our close bond with the Seminole people as culturally 'hostile and abusive' is both outrageous and insulting," Wetherell said.

"The rules as we understand them would have us cover the Seminole name and symbol as if we were embarrassed, and any committee that would think that is a proper and respectful treatment of Native Americans should be ashamed."
Isn't it interesting that even though the Seminole tribe actually endorses Florida State's use of the name and the logo, the intolerant fascists folks over at NCAA couldn't care less? Instead, the NCAA hypocritically displays that type of intolerance that they were so loudly denouncing in the first place. They are going to impose their version of "sensitivity" to the plight of Native Americans come hell, high water, or the wishes of the Indians themselves.

According to the NCAA's ruling junta Executive Committee, the four biggest offenders are: Florida State, Illinois, Utah and North Dakota.

EdWonk's personal message to the NCAA Executive Committee: Since you're in the business of banning what some consider to be "ethnically insensitive" school emblems and mascots, why don't you ban this? I'll bet you won't even try.

Nothing reveals a hypocrite better than a double standard.

Related: The Pirate offers commentary on the NCAA that should not be missed.
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