NCAA rulings on college mascots and logos with Native American references

William and Mary logo - William and Mary logo
United States
December 4, 2006 11:23am CST
What do you think about the NCAA rulings on the use of Native American mascots and logos? It seems hypocritical to me when a college like Florida State can parade an "Indian" in war paint and on a horse in their stadium during football games, but the College of William and Mary is being forced to change their logo, which is two feathers, because it violates the NCAA new policy. By the way, William and Mary will still be allowed to go by the name "The Tribe." See letter from the president to get more inf. at http://www.wm.edu/athletics/
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@msqtech (15226)
• United States
6 Dec 06
I think the whole thing is blown out of proportion and that there shouldnt be anyone but the offended parties speaking out. Then we would know who is offended by what!!
• United States
6 Dec 06
RIGHT ON!
• United States
6 Dec 06
Here is Florida State's Mascot. Hypocritical? I think so!
• United States
6 Dec 06
I feel you.
@Idlewild (6105)
• United States
6 Dec 06
Yes, it's contradictory, but some schools get exemptions, FSU got it because they're cooperating with the Seminole Indians. The Seminoles apparently have input into the keeping the school mascot's costume authentic, etc. This isn't an issue that I get too excited about, though. Lots of schools have had to change their mascots and logos, and the schools and their athletics have done just fine. Personally, I think Native Americans, colleges, and the NCAA all have bigger issues they should worry about.
• United States
8 Dec 06
USC TROJAN - USC TROJAN
You are right about the Seminole Tribe cooperating with the College in supporting the name. Maybe only those schools who use the term "Red" should change (ex. The Redskins, although I know this is a Professional football team). I think the term "red" is much more degrading. Don't you think? Maybe people of Trojan decent should appeal to the NCAA so that USC changes their mascot? Or how about WVU and their use of the Mountaineer Mascot? Is that any less degrading than two feathers? What do you think?