Sunday, August 07, 2005

Redskins to Rednecks

The NCAA has announced that Native American mascots will be prohibited during the NCAA tournament, but will be fine otherwise. Complete story here, at The Record Button.

What exactly is the reasoning here? Does the NCAA have a distinct appreciation for New Federalism? Why is a regular season game considered out of the jurisdiction of the governing body? The NCAA subjects all teams to the same regulations concerning eligibility, steroids, and endorsements. However, the "Indian Issue" is one to be resolved by the states.

Actually, it's probably reasonable. If a local team that is associated with an Indian tribe, such as my uncle's basketball team (above) in Tahlequa, Oklahoma (the capital of the Cherokee Indian Nation) takes pride in the origin of its mascot, it should not be restricted from celebrating it at their own games.

As for more national teams, such as the Washington Redskins, the solution is clear. Change the name from Redskins to Rednecks.


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