Massachusetts’ “Whites Only” Mascot Law

by Rob Roper

If there was any doubt that political correctness has gone beyond loony, look at our neighbors in Massachusetts where the legislature is contemplating a law that would ban public schools from having Native American mascots.

According to the Boston Globe, the bill defines a Native American mascot as a ‘‘name, symbol, or image that depicts or refers to an American Indian tribe, individual, custom, or tradition that is used by a public school as a mascot, nickname, logo, letterhead, or team name.’’

This is a flagrantly racist “whites only” mascot law.

Public school teams looking for new names and mascots after the ban would be free to pick, say, “Celtics” (defined as an ethnolinguistic group of tribal societies from Northern Europe), or “Patriots” (symbolized by dead, slave-owning, white guys), “Whalers” (predominantly white Quakers whose greed nearly wiped several species off the planet), or “Pirates”.

So, basically the Massachusetts legislature is saying here is that when it comes to selecting a symbol of pride to rally school spirit and inspire success… mascots that reflect white, European cultural roots in the Bay State are okay, but Native Americans need not apply. And that’s pretty freakin’ racist, is it not?

The final bit of irony here is that the Massachusetts politicians that concocted this moronic policy did so in a capital building flying a state flag featuring, you guessed it, a Native American Indian.

- Rob Roper is president of the Ethan Allen Institute.

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j paul Giuliani June 24, 2017 at 12:17 am

Rob –
Check out the latest over-the-top PC initiative to expunge Dorothy Canfield Fisher from the roster of Vermont’s literary notables. It seems she knew a guy who knew a guy whose father was a “eugenics” nut case back in the 20s and 30s. For this transgression, Mrs. Fisher is to be banished. Am I the only one who remembers the revisionist rehabilitations that were so common in certain models of democracy – Stalinist Russia, Mao’s China, Whats-His-Name”s North Korea?

PS – I’ve always been fond of the South Burlington Rebels.

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