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August 09, 2005

NCAA goes PC

Josh Britton has the story and adds:

I won’t waste much more time on this tempest-in-a-teapot, except to point out the clash of two “ideals” of higher education orthodoxy: the need to force a form of “diversity” on everyone, and the requirement that no one, anywhere, ever be offended by anything - unless it involves sacreligious art or referring to 9/11 victims as “little Eichmanns.”

Posted by Rick at August 9, 2005 10:34 AM

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What I think is interesting is that a Chief for the Seminole Tribe in Florida is angry at the NCAA. According to the Seminole Chief this amounts to "white people trying to tell Indians what is good for them."

He adds that most in the Seminole tribe looked at the Florida State mascot as something good, something that celebrated the great warrior-history of the tribe.

Go figure.

Posted by: Justin at August 9, 2005 05:31 PM

I believe Florida State has, er, stated that they aren't going to bow to the silly ruling.

It would be interesting to see if the NCAA would sanction one of their football powerhouses come bowl time (read that with a hearty cha-ching.)

Posted by: eLarson at August 9, 2005 06:40 PM

Justin, your comment is interesting. As an environmental planner in southern california, I often have to write environmental documents analyzing the impacts to cultural resources. We are instructed to use the PC term "Native American" instead of "Indian." Yet, whenever I consult with the "Native American" groups on impact mitigation, or when I receive letters from them around the country in opposition to digging up "sacred burial sites," they almost always refer to themselves as "Indians." Maybe someone should tell them that they are being racist against themselves.

Posted by: Rick Brady at August 9, 2005 11:16 PM

The whole thing is an opportunity for blowhard academics to stick it to the jocks. I really can't stand the NCAA.

Posted by: Matt at August 11, 2005 03:04 PM