Friday, February 16, 2007

Chief Illiniwek Banished

Political Correctness wins over honorable tradition as NCAA do-gooders force the University of Illinois to banish 81 year old Chief Illiniwek from campus. The Chief is charged with being a racist caricature that stereotypes Native Americans. This is of course pure Barbara Streisand as even some fervent leftists acknowledge.

Americablog: I'm sorry, I never saw the problem. Illinois, which I attended, didn't have an indian mascot the way you might think. There was no goofball running around with a tomahawk pretending to scalp people. The mascot was an honorable position, it was a big deal to get the job, and he only appeared in a half-time show that involved an incredibly exhausting dance that paid homage to our state's native American heritage - it doesn't poke fun, mock, anything.

Being offended is a reaction and it is about time society starts pointing out that a bad reaction is usually a weakness of character or similar fault within the person being offended. If you believe Chief Illiniwek is offensive, you are wrong. Grow up and be an adult. Illinois resident Rick Moran concurs and speculates the PC enforcers will not be satisfied with this perversion of multiculturalism where apparently only the members of a culture can respect that culture.

Rightwing Nuthouse: Rumors are flying that the next target of the multiculturalists will be changing the name of the state itself. “Illinois” is a white man’s bastardization of the Native American confederation known as “Illini” which included the Cahokia, Kaskaskia, Michigamea, Moingwena, Peoria and Tamaroa Indian tribes. Acceptable alternatives to “Illinois” would be “Soyland,” “Cornhole,” “Flatland,” and “Mostly White.”

Of the choices presented, I am leaning toward Cornhole. University of Illinois alumni will now get to experience the same frustrations as Marquette Warrior alumni. Who knows, maybe the U of I administration will suggest changing the Fighting Illini to the Fighting Gold.