Another Stereotype of the Month entry:
Bush, Defense Dept. Get 'Muzzle' Awards
By ZINIE CHEN SAMPSON
The Associated Press
Tuesday, April 10, 2007; 12:09 AM
RICHMOND, Va. — The Bush administration and the Defense Department are among the winners of the 2007 Jefferson Muzzle awards, given Tuesday by a free-speech group to those it considers the most egregious First Amendment violators in the past year.
A Muzzle also went to the National Collegiate Athletic Association for its "politically correct and arbitrary policy" on athletic team logos. The NCAA allowed the College of William and Mary to keep its "Tribe" nickname, but required it to remove the two feathers from its logo. At the same time, Florida State University was allowed to retain its war-painted Seminole mascot, largely because the Seminole Tribe supports the school's use of its name and symbols.
As I wrote to the Muzzle organization:
See Anti-Indian Award of the Year for my response to your giving the NCAA an award for trying to ban offensive Indian mascots.
Not only is the award wrong, it's stereotypical. Why? Because it promotes the notion that Indians are trying to be politically-correct thought police. It completely ignores the question of whether the mascot protest is legitimate, and thus legitimates the status quo. Namely, that schools have every right, moral as well as legal, to portray Indians as fierce, savage, and warlike.
If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem. The Muzzle organization is saying it's okay to take offensive positions in the name of free speech. It's rewarding and thus encouraging racism and stereotyping.
Team names and mascots
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