The NCAA is requiring the complete removal of Native American imagery from teams that participate in NCAA events. Hey, that’s fine. They voted on it, and so they can make the rules.
Interestingly, the Seminole tribe in Florida and the Ute tribe in Utah have both approved the current usage of their names and symbols by the teams using them (The Florida State University Seminoles and the Utah State University Utes). The NCAA didn’t ask THEM, though. They just had their vote, and decided that Native American team names and mascots were insensitive and racist and had to be phased out.
I wonder… how long will it be before the states of Utah, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Kansas, and Iowa are asked to change their names? And then there’s the cities of Omaha, Sioux Falls, and Minnetonka (off the top of my head) that will need to be renamed. And poor Dakota Fanning… by the time she’s a budding starlet with an ID that will get her into bars, she’ll have to prove not only that she’s 21, but that she has actual Dakota ancestry if she wants to use that name.
You want irony? The NCAA met in Indianapolis to make this decision (the word “Indian” has been decried as racist when applied to Native Americans, so obviously “City of the Indians” would have to go), and they lauded the University of Iowa as a model example for not using ANY Native American mascots, names, or imagery (except, of course, for the name “Iowa.”)
If we play our cards right, we can completely erase any and all linguistic and cultural evidence that somebody lived here in North America before the european folk moved in. And then we wouldn’t have to worry about racism at all, right? How much momentum does this stupid PC pendulum have left in it, anyway?