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  •  Not only is "Viking" not a slur, it's not even an (11+ / 0-)

    ethnicity.

    It's an occupation. To go viking was on a trading mission (which, at least for some, also meant raiding).

    It's an obsolete profession, and yes, one strongly associated with a specific ethnolinguistic group in a specific time period, but in the end, it's more like a Cowboy, '49er, or a Packer than the offensive team name.

    Non enim propter gloriam, diuicias aut honores pugnamus set propter libertatem solummodo quam Nemo bonus nisi simul cum vita amittit. -Declaration of Arbroath

    by Robobagpiper on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 04:43:01 AM PDT

    •  Plus, Americans never massacred Vikings (3+ / 0-)
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      or looked down on them as lesser beings.

      The one possible way that Native Americans might make an acceptable mascot is if one looked into history with an honest eye and chose a group of elite Native American warriors who were admired rather than held in contempt. Apaches or Comanches, for instance -- or even better, Koitsenko.

      "The great lie of democracy, its essential paradox, is that democracy is the first to be sacrificed when its security is at risk. Every state is totalitarian at heart; there are no ends to the cruelty it will go to to protect itself." -- Ian McDonald

      by Geenius at Wrok on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 05:44:10 AM PDT

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