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Holy Cross Considers Dumping ‘Crusader’ Mascot

Holy Cross Considers Dumping ‘Crusader’ Mascot

“potential ostracizing effect on people”

It looks as though political correctness may be about to claim another sports mascot.

The Telegram reports:

Holy Cross debates abandoning ‘Crusader’ mascot

Faced with the prospect of changing its historic “Crusaders” nickname this fall, the College of the Holy Cross is also confronting a central question: What’s in a name?

According to six professors who sat on a panel to discuss that inquiry Tuesday afternoon in the college’s Rehm Library, there is more packed into the Crusader mascot than its function as a sharp logo on T-shirts and gym bags. From its reflection of Holy Cross’ values, to its role as a symbol of the school’s Jesuit tradition, to its potential ostracizing effect on people who don’t identify with the armor-clad, sword-wielding knight and all its historical implications, the Crusader name has a lot going on.

The question of abandoning the moniker, said Holy Cross ethics and society professor Mark P. Freeman, “is a question of whether the symbol and image of the Crusader resonates with our deepest held values, beliefs, and ideals.”

Renewed debate on campus about the mascot’s appropriateness was kicked off earlier this year when the college’s student newspaper, also named the Crusader, contemplated dropping its title because of the existence of a newsletter of the same name published by the Ku Klux Klan.

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The College of the Holy Cross?

That’s triggering! They’d better change that name while they’re at it. I would suggest changing it to ‘College of the Wholly Cress’.

Then their nickname could be ‘The Crucifers’, and they could have a mascot dressed up in a broccoli costume.

Why don’t they just convert to Islam and get it over with.

Good. A crusader mascot should be no more acceptable than an SS man. The Catholic Church has already acknowledged and apologised for its guilt in the crusades. It’s time official Catholic schools took note and followed suit.

In case anyone feels like defending the crusaders, let me remind them who owns this blog.

legalizehazing | April 19, 2017 at 1:48 pm

Na time for a modern update

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