It’s impossible to be racist against white people… except when faking offence is politically expedient.
How many times have you heard people say it’s impossible to be racist against white people? That ‘reverse racism’ as some call it isn’t ‘a thing’ because racism requires some kind of an oppressive power structure … blah-blah-blah.
Yeah, we know the lingo. Enough of their crap comes across our desk every day.
So, aside from the ever-moving goalposts of the perpetually offended, we’ve got no basis of explaining how this can suddenly qualify as racism.
You’d think there is suddenly a right not to be offended.
The fact that the Cleveland Indians are removing ‘Chief Wahoo’ from their logo spurred another conversation:
On the ESPN show ‘First Take,’ co-host Max Kellerman recently argued that in the wake of the Cleveland Indians’ decision to no longer use their mascot Chief Wahoo, the University of Notre Dame should also consider what he described as the racist implications of their “Fighting Irish” team.
Source: Irish Central
Ok, here we go.
Once we get past the finger-wagging about obvious racism and colonialism regarding Wahoo etcetera, they start explaining why the Fighting Irish isn’t a problem:
The ‘Fighting Irish’ was a nickname consciously adopted by a predominantly Irish-American institution symbolically celebrating the school’s triumph in defying the prejudices hoisted upon Irish-Americans in the 19th and 20th centuries from various elements of WASP America. In a sense, the adoption of this nickname, and subsequently, the leprechaun as a symbol for the school was an action that contested harmful and hateful stereotypes and flipped them into cultural markers of pride and self-representation.
The name almost definitely descends from the “Fighting Irish” brigades in the American Civil War. One narrative claims that the “Fighting Irish” gained currency as a name following de Valera’s stop to South Bend in 1919 on his tour to America in order to drum up support for Irish independence. Another credits its eventual salience to the frequent references of a writer for the Daily News in New York covering the football team in the 1920s for the city’s Irish-American audience.
While it is difficult to pinpoint the exact moment in which Notre Dame became the “Fighting Irish”, the message in its name is clearly a nod to the school’s Irish-American identity and to its status as one of the most important (if not the single most important) Irish-American institutions.
It would be impossible and inaccurate to write a history of 20th century Irish-America without accounting for the significance of Notre Dame, in both sporting and educational contexts.Source: Irish Central
So, an IRISH website explains exactly why it isn’t racist.
Or we could keep it really simple:
Stop being so damned political. Instead of telling the rest of us why we should be offended by sports names, could you talk about the SPORTS?
Geez. What’s next? A crusade against the Vikings? Oh, no Crusades are ‘insensitive’. (No They’re not.) What about ‘the Saints’?
Once you pull that thread, you unravel lot more than you planned to.
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