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  •  In trying to understand the popularity of naming (0+ / 0-)

    sports teams after native Americans...this is what I think happened... cause & effect:

    Most sports teams are named for something that signifies agression and physical strength in the eyes of the namers.  Competive teams are not usually named after lambs or sparrows etc.

    And since the native American population was depicted (stereotyped)  as very agressive and with great physical prowess  for many years...they then had sports teams named for them.

    “... there is no shame in not knowing. The problem arises when irrational thought and attendant behavior fill the vacuum left by ignorance.” ― Neil deGrasse Tyson, The Sky Is Not the Limit: Adventures of an Urban Astrophysicist

    by leema on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 08:43:29 AM PDT

    •  Seems kind of straight forward, doesn't it? (0+ / 0-)

      Dare we suggest that giving a sports team - that apotheosis of American popular culture -- the name of a Native American tribe or any other word that evokes the Native American people could be a sign of respect?

      The elevation of appearance over substance, of celebrity over character, of short term gains over lasting achievement displays a poverty of ambition. It distracts you from what's truly important. - Barack Obama

      by helfenburg on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 12:52:41 PM PDT

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