Thursday, February 22, 2007

Dubious coalition killed a proud Chief

Robert Novak's latest column a must read.

The accusation that Illinois and other schools degrade Native Americans is absurd. These schools picked Indian symbols in admiration of their valor, ferociousness and indomitable spirit in the face of overwhelming odds. Native Americans were honored in naming states. Illinois is Algonquin for "tribe of superior men." Indiana means the "land of the Indians."

The NCAA originally demanded that the university not only dump the Chief but also drop the Fighting Illini nickname. Would Brand next demand that the states of Illinois and Indiana change their names (sticky for the NCAA, headquartered in Indianapolis)? The NCAA backed away from its ban on the Fighting Illini.

4 comments:

the Other Anonymous,  9:08 AM  

Novak gives us yet another red herring to ponder.

Place names have historical significance. Team names do not. Moreover, the real offense here is using a stereotype, in this case "Fighting Illini."

The State of Illinois does not require the Governor to dress up in faux-Illini wear and perform a dance at state functions. The State of Illinois does not sell itself as "fierce" like the Illini tribe.

Illinois and Indiana are place names drawn from history. You can't compare that to a team name, symbol, or mascot.

Bill Baar 10:12 AM  

The State of Illinois does not require the Governor to dress up in faux-Illini wear...

It would mess his hair?

So-Called Austin Mayor 1:22 PM  

"These schools picked Indian symbols in admiration of their valor, ferociousness and indomitable spirit in the face of overwhelming odds."

And nothing symbolizes "valor, ferociousness and indomitable spirit in the face of overwhelming odds" more than a kid dancing around on a basketball court while wearing a historically inaccurate costume.

Novak should stick to exposing CIA agents.

-- SCAM

Anonymous,  1:03 PM  

another anonymous...you couldn't be more wrong, as usual. He's dead on, glad someone had the balls to write the truth.

So-called...thanks for the pc version of life!!

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