by Ric Ottaiano
October 9, 2006
Why, you may ask? Because these nicknames are considered â€œhostile to Native Americans.â€ So, what do the Irish have to do with this? Well, there is a fairly well known college football team out of Indiana known as â€œThe Fighting Irishâ€ and last I heard the NCAA wasnâ€™t particulary concerned over hostility towards our friends from the Emerald Isle.
Again, we are faced with the unthinking response that is political correctness, but this time easily justaposed against obvious evidence of its intellectual and moral bankruptcy. The University of Notre Dame has had its nickname for about 100 years now, but no one is now suggesting that its use is insulting or demeaning to those of Irish ancestry. But all that needs be done to turn a silk purse into a sowâ€™s ear is to replace the reference to a â€œwrongâ€ ethnic group with the reference to one of the â€œrightâ€ ethnic groups.
The other evidence of hypersensitivity turned into bad policy is that team nicknames are obviously chosen to honor the team, its members and fans, not to demean them. The choice of nickname is obviously designed to reflect positively on the group, not create a negative impression or stereotype. Is the name the â€œNew England Patriotsâ€ demeaning towards the descendants of those who fought the British during the Revolutionary War? Are the â€œNew York Yankeesâ€ an insult to northeners (other than Bostonians)? Are the â€œPadresâ€ of San Diego a dig at Franciscan priests?
Not to the clear thinking, non-multiculturalists who actually ponder these issues rather than reflexively worship at the PC altar. All I can say is: â€œGo! Fighting Sioux!â€
[This article can also be seen at Release The Hounds!]