Sunday, August 07, 2005

score one for the dissenters

Looks like The Man doesn't always win.

The NCAA announced Friday that they would no longer allow teams to display any sort of paraphernalia - be they uniforms, programs, whatever - of their mascot if their mascot was deemed to be a "hostile and abusive racial/ethnic/national origin mascot, nickname or imagery."
Unfortunately, they cannot regulate the teams' displays during regular season, so this new rule applies only to the 88 NCAA championships.

Still, though, this is a great victory for Native American activists.

Calling your team the "Savages" or "Redskins" would really be no less offensive than calling them the "Ni--er Boys" or the "Spics." It's a racial slur that's unfortunately been ignored and deemed "part of the culture and tradition" of sports teams for way too long.

Sometimes, the NCAA does do something right. Amazing.

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