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  •  Good point - sometimes we don't recognize (4+ / 0-)
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    racial imagery because it seems benign.

    To me this is just a mascot - "The fighting Irish." Do you find it offensive.

    I remember the 'teachable moment' with the oushback about Polish jokes whose punch lines featured an offensive stereotype of Polish people.  It was easy to understand and give it up.

    We certainly recognize jokes that start out "A white man, Chinaman, and a Jew..." are offensive.

    The line between merely tasteless jokes and offensive ones can be hard to see, but certainly when we get a pushback about a joke or a stereotype of a group of people, we need to listen and not trivialize their complaint.

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    by HylasBrook on Sat Feb 05, 2011 at 06:30:24 AM PST

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    •  Do I find it offensive? No, but he does. (6+ / 0-)


      But then, he's just another stereotype mascot.

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      by SpamNunn on Sat Feb 05, 2011 at 07:08:48 AM PST

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      •  my grandfather tore me a new one (2+ / 0-)
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        for buying and wearing a cleveland indians baseball cap.

        "Wake the town and tell the people!" ~Ewart Beckford, O.D.

        by mallyroyal on Sat Feb 05, 2011 at 08:46:00 AM PST

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      •  The difference is several orders of magnitude - (2+ / 0-)
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        between a "Fighting Irishman" and "Chief Wahoo."  When the referent for "Fighting Irish" is skinning his ancestors and wearing those skins as trophies - as recently as his grandfather's time - he can get back to me.  There is no equivalence.

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        by Aji on Sat Feb 05, 2011 at 09:24:26 AM PST

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        •  Do they have to be equal... (1+ / 0-)
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 order for them both to be wrong?

        •  Yikes! (0+ / 0-)

          I knew it was bad, but did not know it was as bad as that.

          I remember when Stanford University changed its team name and mascot; the original was offensive, the current one is named after a color. They've been the Stanford Cardinal for years now. I also remember the BIG pushback that the people who wanted to keep the old name put up; and a lot of their rhetoric was completely insensitive to how the Native Americans felt about being stereotyped like that.

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          by Kitsap River on Sat Feb 05, 2011 at 10:43:13 PM PST

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