Cliff Note:The following is taken off the comment section from one of my local friends, who identifies himself as WZZP. He is a school teacher who doesn't have a blog, but he does have a heart. WZZP is a teacher of the developmentally disabled in a school district in the same county where I reside and I'm sure that as such he has heard more than his fair share of offensive comments from ignorant people. His comments pertain to Chief Wahoo, the Cleveland Indians mascot. They are very thought provoking and I thought they deserved a post of their own.
I think Chief Wahoo is offensive.
A real Chief receives feathers as a sacred gift that symbolizes his beliefs of the tribe.
Chief Wahoo wears a feather, as part of his depiction. Many Native Americans would view that as degrading towards the sacred meaning of a feather.
Simply put, I would think there would be an outcry if there was a team named the Columbus Christians Their "mascot" is Jesus on the Cross. This Jesus on the Cross mascot has a big "goofy" grin on his face. People bring big crosses to the game and swing them in the air (i.e. the Tomahawk Chop). People come to games nailed to a cross, scream and act crazy cheering for their team. Fans make light of the sacred aspects of all Jesus is meant to be. The concession stand can claim to sell water that by miracle was changed to beer. Drink up! It's all for fun.
Let's say there is a team called the Jersey Jews. And in the end zone you see a big Menorah light up one candle at a time when there is a touchdown. And to pass the time an inflatable dreidel is batted around from fan to fan. Fans come dressed to the football game in all black, with big black flat hats on, and those long curled locks on each side of their ears. Really getting behind the Jersey Jews, go Jew go.
Let's bang a drum in the bleachers. Let's paint our skin red. Hey show up to a local sporting event in black face, and watch the response. Let's all be Al Jolson at the next game. Let's stomp around and do a "war game chant," and smack our hands against our mouths.
Oh my God! Go Columbus Christians! Crucify the Denver Devils! SAVE us from defeat.