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The NCAA has ruled that college teams cannot use any words that are associated with Native Americans. Here is a list of names and words that must be banned to comply with the NCAA edict.
33 states have names originating from Native Americans. They are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming all must be banned. All Colleges and Universities that contain any of these names such as the Univ. of Utah, Univ. of Michigan, Florida State University, and All the Universities of California, must be banned.
There are so many cities that are named after Native Americans that I cannot list them all so I will just name a few. Seattle, Chappaqua, Miami, Tampa, Sioux City, Sioux falls, Ontario, Chicago, Milwaukee, Sheboygan, Kissimmee, Toledo, Reno, El Paso, Albuquerque, Tulsa, Ottawa, Buffalo, Poughkeepsie, Mesa, Cheyenne, Savannah, Honolulu, Texarkana, Spokane, and Indianapolis. They all must be banned according to the NCAA.
Indianapolis is especially Ironic since it is the headquarters of the NCAA. To avoid being hypocritical are they going to remove Indianapolis and Indiana from their letterheads? Read an excellent article in the American Specator about that.
Lakes and rivers that must never be mentioned by sports teams are Huron, Erie, Michigan, Niagara, Mississippi, Ohio, Okeechobee, Suwannee, just to name a few.
Words that must be immediately banned from all college campi include: Banana, chocolate, caribou, raccoon, potato, barbecue, bayou, cactus, cashew, caucus, chili, cigar, coca, condor, guacamole, hammock, hickory, hurricane, iguana, jaguar, mahogany, mosquito, parka, papaya, squash, succotash, sugar, tobacco, tomato, and yucca.
What is next for the NCAA to ban because someone may take offence? Will they ban all animal names because PETA might be offended, or all cities with religious names because the ACLU is offended? Where does all this ridiculous political correctness end?
Should these words be banned, or should we realize that by using these names and words we are honoring the cultural contributions of native Americans?