She’s a good gal, too, and I think she honestly wanted peoples’ opinions to weigh. So … I obliged.
Would love to hear your thoughts on this ... if you want more explanation, see http://americanindiantah.com/lesson_plan
Well ... I think people get too bent out of shape on this stuff. While "Indians" is admittedly generic, sports teams have a history of choosing names of entities that were known as tough or fierce and formidable fighters. Tigers. Lions.... Bears. Not always. Sometimes they go for more regionally inspired names like "Cardinals", "Oilers", "Rams" (well, when they were in California where there are actually, you know, Rams).
The Hickman Kewpies are tougher to explain, but there IS a story there (scroll down and find "Mascot").
I seriously doubt that anyone ever named a sports team as an insult to the entity they named the team for.
|Do caucasians get |
flustered over Pistol
Pete's "shifty" eyes?
One thing I've noted is that, as far as these things go, it's usually white liberals instigating or leading the charge claiming to be upset on these groups' behalf and not the groups themselves that are upset about it. I read many Seminole Indians rather liked the team name for the Florida Seminoles, and were fans perhaps because of it rather than in spite of it -- though white academics have called for a change in the name because it's supposedly "insensitive" or somehow insulting.
|Were midwestern farmers |
insulted by Herbie Husker?
|Most people thought the Taco|
Bell dog was kinda hip.