Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Florida State University to NCAA: "Kiss our Seminole #sses!"

I spent the best years of my life, from 1992-1996, as a student at FSU. There's not a day that goes by that I don't see or hear something that takes me back. I've been a Seminole fan since about 1985, and my heart swelled with pride when I was admitted there after high school. I have been, and always will be, a Seminole.

Well, the NCAA has decided to jump on the dying-but-not-without-a-fight PC bandwagon. Yes, it seems they have their panties in a bunch over schools with Indian mascots. Story here.

I can tell you that we've had to endure ("ignore" is more like it) years of hand-wringing by politically correct liberals and by non-Seminoles (usually other Indian tribes) about how offensive the Seminole mascot is.

Trouble is, none of these schmucks bothered to ask the Seminole tribe of Florida if they were offended. As it turns out, they're not only not offended, they're honored. They would like to see more scholarships earmarked for true Seminole descendants, which is not an unreasonable request. Aside from that, though, FL Seminoles have no beef with it. However, the NCAA says that this permission will not suffice. "Other Seminole tribes are not supportive," said Charlotte Westerhaus, the NCAA vice president for diversity and inclusion.

There is an actual "vice president for diversity and inclusion" for the NCAA? Good grief, what's next...the Office for Sensitivity to Islamic Militants? Look, bitch, other Seminole tribes do NOT live in Florida! If it were the Oklahoma State Seminoles instead of Cowboys, and if the Seminole tribe of OK had a problem with the mascot, I could understand compelling them to change. But why should an Indian tribe outside of Florida get to have any freakin' say-so about what we call our university?

Some loudmouthed Seminole from Oklahoma made a stink back in 1994 (my junior year at FSU) that he was going on a mission to hit FSU where it hurt: scaring off football recruits. How well did it work? Well, here were our records from 1993 on forward:

1993: 12-1 (National Champs)
1994: 10-1-1
1995: 10-2
1996: 11-1 (runners-up)
1997: 11-1
1998: 11-2 (runners-up)
1999: 12-0 (National Champs)
2000: 11-2 (runners-up)

OK, bragging and swelled pride aside :) , the point is that the biggest mouths are on ultra-liberal faces. Heck, even the average liberal doesn't give a damn about the mascot...it's those brain-dead PC creeps!

But we FSU guys are fighters, as you're seeing with our President, the distinguished Dr. T.K. Wetherell. He says we ain't changin', so by God, we ain't changin'! The Good Guys speak:
Florida State University is stunned at the complete lack of appreciation for cultural diversity shown by the National Collegiate Athletic Association's executive committee, which announced today a policy banning schools using Native American names and symbols from hosting NCAA championship events. That the NCAA would now label our close bond with the Seminole Tribe of Florida as culturally "hostile and abusive" is both outrageous and insulting.

On June 17, the Tribal Council of the Seminole Tribe of Florida spoke unequivocally of its support for Florida State University in its use of the Seminole name and related symbols. Accordingly, I intend to pursue all legal avenues to ensure that this unacceptable decision is overturned, and that this university will forever be associated with the "unconquered" spirit of the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

National surveys have shown in recent years that an overwhelming majority of Native Americans are not offended by the use of Native American names and symbols. In making its decision, the executive committee has been swayed by a strident minority of activists who claim to speak for all Native Americans. It is unconscionable that the Seminole Tribe of Florida has been ignored.

The rules as we understand them would have us cover the Seminole name and symbol as if we were embarrassed, and any committee that would think that is a proper and respectful treatment of Native Americans should be ashamed.
The link also has an article on the Seminole tribe's historic vote of support...ignored by the NCAA. Perhaps it's a bit racist for the NCAA to insinuate by its actions that the Seminole tribe is too stupid to be properly offended, and thanks to the higher intellect of the NCAA, the Seminoles can be saved from their own lack of insight? So now who's being bigoted, NCAA?

Go Noles...scalp em! :)