January 1, 2008
Chief Illiniwek > USC Trojans?
So, how in the world is the USC Trojans less racist than Chief Illiniwek? This is a prime example of a one-sided view of racism. During the half-time show at today’s Rose-Bowl, I saw a Trojan warrior running around on the field with a sword and brush-helmet, and the whole band wearing similar clothing. All in all, if I had Trojan heritage, I’d suspect I would be as affronted as if I had Illinois Indian (yes, that’s the name of the tribe) heritage.
So, just because there isn’t a tribe that we can pay for the rights to use their image, we can’t use the honorable position of the Chief (which many a young UofI man has fought hard to become and is a revered position)? Unlike the Seminoles who have an Indian run in on horse-back and fire off an arrow?
So, I ask you, how is the Trojans less racists than the Illini/Chief Illiniwek? Or, less racist than the Seminoles, if you can’t see that discussion clearly?
It reminds me of an old friend of mine who said that discrimination was only possible in a situation where a larger group of people were oppressing a smaller group of people. Of course, never mind that if you check a dictionary this is not the case at all. The only thing I can think of, is that since the Trojans are considered to be “white” and therefore are a larger group of the population, that they aren’t considered to be racially depicted in contrast to the minority American Indians (such as the Illinois tribe).
But, then again, should it surprise me with today’s popular idiot mentality which appears to be running rampant in this ever-PC world?
Speaking of which, another popular topic is the ever present “It’s for the children!” Like the current Illinois smoking ban (went into effect today)… which I’m so thankful for being enacted… after all, we don’t want any of the 3 year olds who go to the local bars to get an ear infection (which is about the only statistically significant effect of breathing SHS… then again, most bars have modern ventilation systems, which negates that statistic…). I’m very happy the Children who frequent bars will be safer now. Speaking of which, here’s a useful TED video for you to watch if you have kids: “5 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Kids Do.“
Sorry for the side-track there… Let’s just say that unless your team is named after an animal, an inanimate object, or a plant, you better change your mascot…