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  •  I respect your ignorance, but... (3+ / 0-)
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    samddobermann, cosette, slandurgurl

    ...this can't be the first time this has ever been mentioned. Somebody at the U of F must be aware of this.

    Look how long it's taking the University of Illinois to get rid of their blatantly racist "Chief Illiniwek" mascot. (Usually A white guy in "Indian" garb doing a fake dance at halftime. Sick)  

    "It is often pleasant to stone a martyr, no matter how much we admire him"...John Barth

    by Giles Goat Boy on Thu Sep 04, 2008 at 12:53:40 PM PDT

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    •  My only point (2+ / 0-)
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      is that this concept was unknown to me until this diary, and I'm a well-educated, pretty informed person.  Maybe it's my general nature to think good of most people, but I suspect that the concept might be unknown to a lot of Florida football fans as well.  Maybe I'm an idealist, but I don't think they (including the African American fans) are all doing that cheer to be racists. I'm not sure they know the racist background pointed out by the diarist here.

      •  Did you look at the photo (first link)? (1+ / 0-)
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        With an Obama doll in the mouth of the alligator?

        I can't speak to sports fans and the hat, but the folks at the Repug convention know what message they are sending.

        "Liberty produces wealth and that wealth destroys liberty." - Henry Demarest Lloyd

        by orangeuglad on Thu Sep 04, 2008 at 01:38:08 PM PDT

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      •  asdf (0+ / 0-)

        I have to believe that Florida fans shout "gator-bait" in reference to the mascot; I'm sure some know it's significance, but the majority are only thinking football, not racism...I hope, anyway.

        With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censored, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all irrevocably. JL Picard

        by slandurgurl on Thu Sep 04, 2008 at 01:43:08 PM PDT

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