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so sioux me

By Diogenes (articles ) | Dec 09, 2009

The New York Times uneasily reports on the late-dawning revelation that college students do not choose mascots and nicknames meant to disparage themselves. The Fighting Sioux of the University of North Dakota were in line for the usual ethnic cleansing when someone had the poor manners to object:

In a legal standoff that has turned some preconceptions upside down, North Dakota’s top state lawyers will be in court on Wednesday to oppose members of the Spirit Lake Tribe who have sued to preserve the Fighting Sioux name and logo, an image of an Indian in profile, feathers draping down.

In its coy reference to the "preconceptions" that have been turned upside down by the lawsuit, the Times has to tiptoe past the fact that these are preconceptions it shares. They're not ours, at any rate.

[T]hose suing said they were proud of the nickname. “I am full blood and I grew up on this reservation,” said Eunice Davidson, 57, who wore a Fighting Sioux sweatshirt on a recent afternoon. “I have to tell you, I am very, very honored that they would use the name.”

Another Sioux quoted in the Times article said “When you hear them announce the name at the start of a hockey game, it gives you goose bumps. They are putting us up on a pinnacle.”

Poor man. Think of the geese he's offended.

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  • Posted by: Chestertonian - Dec. 11, 2009 1:55 AM ET USA

    With hot wars in two nations, an economy tanked by the actions of the current WH, and a disastrous healthcare policy on the horizon--really, doesn't it seem these folks-on both sides of the case- should have more important things to worry about?! But, I have to agree with the Sioux, the name is no insult, and changing it will probably cost big $$ to UND, which relates back to my opening volley.

  • Posted by: unum - Dec. 10, 2009 3:49 PM ET USA

    Political correctness is pseudo-morality for a secular society.

  • Posted by: bugbyte1243319 - Dec. 09, 2009 9:16 PM ET USA

    Thomas More College in Kentucky asked alumni to offer suggestions to replace "Rebels." I suggested "Thomas More S'Mores." I even wrote a cheer: "When the going gets tough, we turn yellow, we've got the spines of melted marshmallow."

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Dec. 09, 2009 3:27 PM ET USA

    This Indian thing is, of course, the silliest of all political correctnesses. You name a team for someone or something you admire. Mariners, Giants, Yankees, Vikings, Forty-Niners, Lions, Tigers, Eagles, Broncos. Senators, for some inexplicable reason. Even, mirabile dictu, Patriots, Padres, Angels and Saints.

  • Posted by: Wild Bill - Dec. 09, 2009 1:52 PM ET USA

    Just as well. If he had said pedestal, pedophiles are even touchier.

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