School Mascots Have Become One of the Most Frequent Targets of Cancel Culture
“At least 20 mascots in the past ten years have been canceled.”
The targeting of mascots by the left was happening before the term ‘cancel culture’ even existed.
The College Fix reports:
When cancel culture attacks: most endangered species in America may be mascots
Strong mascots are no match for university administrators desperate to pander to protesting activists.
At least 20 mascots in the past ten years have been canceled. Many more have been protested.
Earlier this year, Valparaiso University ditched its “Crusaders” mascot after protesters argued the nickname was associated with “hate groups.” Northwest Nazarene University, Susquehanna University and Maranatha Baptist have also scrapped the “Crusaders” mascot.
A similar mascot, the “Colonials,” is in the process of being purged at George Washington University.
Late last year, San Antonio College axed the “Ranger” as its mascot after Mexican-American students complained the name evoked the Texas Rangers, a vigilante group that killed Mexicans and Native Americans in the early 1900s.
“With everything going on with the Black Lives Matter movement, the killing of George Floyd, the takedown of white supremacist symbols across the nation, I think (the College Council) really saw the need to move forward quickly because they did not want to stand on the wrong side of history,” a Latina student activist said of the name change.
Long Island University in New York ditched its 84-year old “Blackbirds” nickname after activists called it “offensive” and “racist.”
In several cases, students and activists protested nicknames but no action has yet been taken.
For instance, students at Emory & Henry College in Virginia urged the administrators to change the mascot away from a wasp because of the connotation the term “WASP” has with the acronym “White, Anglo-Saxon Protestant.”
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I have only one issue with school mascots. When they call themselves the Bears, the Bruins, or the grizzlies, they keep showing a paw print with only four toes. That’s wrong!
Right. They’re probably confusing bears with wolves, who (like dogs) have four-toed prints. In dogs and wolves, the toe bearing the dew claw doesn’t touch the ground, so they give a four-toed print as opposed to bears’ five-toed print.
“Late last year, San Antonio College axed the “Ranger” as its mascot after Mexican-American students complained the name evoked the Texas Rangers, a vigilante group that killed Mexicans and Native Americans in the early 1900s.”
These people must be clairvoyant or something. How did they determine that the name evoked “the Texas Rangers, a vigilante group that killed Mexicans and Native Americans in the early 1900s,” as opposed to “the Texas Rangers, a bona fide state law enforcement organization operating from 1835 to the present?”
As Mohammad Ali used to say, “float like a butterfly, sting like a White Anglo Saxon Protestant” or something like that.
Cornell University was founded after the Civil War by an abolitionist in a non-slavery state and admitted black students from the start. Liberty Hyde Bailey, the founding Dean of the Cornell Agriculture School , founded a botanical garden in the 1890s, but wanted it to have a broader mission, so he named it “the Cornell Plantations.” In the following century it won a world-wide reputation for its excellence and cutting edge research. It had a devoted following among alumni and a successful “Friends of the Plantations” group that raised millions. The Cornell BSU was looking for something to demand, so they claimed the word “plantations” was racist and spent years protesting for a name change. Finally, the administration caved in and spent over a million on a name change to “the Cornell Botanic Gardens” which left its reputation and emotional ties to alumni behind.
Mascots have been picked on since time immemorial. But usually it was the jocks bullying the nerd inside the costume, not a woke mob bullying the costume itself
So I suppose they want to cancel Big Al and Aubie because they’ll say it’s demeaning to elephants and tigers. Yeah, that’ll work in Alabama.
Wasn’t there a school with a team called the Thunderchickens?