Friday, August 05, 2005

NCAA: “Hostile” or “Abusive” Nicknames and Mascots Banned from Tournament

Via the Red State University blog:
INDIANAPOLIS-- The NCAA banned the use of American Indian mascots by sports teams during its postseason tournaments, but will not prohibit them otherwise.

The NCAA’s executive committee decided this week the organization did not have the authority to bar Indian mascots by individual schools, committee chairman Walter Harrison said Friday.

Nicknames or mascots deemed “hostile or abusive” would not be allowed on team uniforms or other clothing beginning with any NCAA tournament after Feb. 1, said Harrison, the University of Hartford’s president.
It seems the NCAA has shied away from the more extreme form of political correctness: trying to ban Indian team names.

According to an NCAA spokeswoman, reached in Indianapolis, schools with Indian nicknames and mascots won’t be banned from the tournament, but merely required to shed any reference to the offending nickname or mascot in any tournament appearance.

There are only 18 specific schools affected, and a list of these 18 schools will shortly be posted on the NCAA web site.

Florida State, with the Seminole mascot, is on the list, not withstanding that the Seminole tribe in Florida has explicitly approved the use of the mascot.

The NCAA spokeswoman explained that there are some Seminoles in Oklahoma who object to Florida State using that nickname.

That is the way of political correctness. One looks for grievance mongers, and ignores the authentic representatives of the supposed victim group.

[Update: here is the NCAA press release announcing the decision.

Who is not on the list? North Carolina-Pembroke, which is historically an Indian school, and still has a large Indian enrollment. They are the Braves. However when Alcorn State University uses “Braves” the NCAA considers this “offensive.” But if Indian students at NC-Pembroke think Braves is fine for themselves, why should they think it’s bad for other schools? The answer: they don’t. It’s not ordinary Indians who are making these determinations, it’s the race hustlers.]


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