Charlie Hebdo’s & North Dakota’s Logos

Just a comment about the issue of the Sioux logo. Has it occurred to anyone how the recent Charlie Hebdo incident relates to the issue of the Sioux logo. What we saw over the last 20 yrs was an indictment by the PC community of the Sioux name & logo as an affront to the civil rights of Native Americans. These same PC groups seemingly have no problem standing up for free speech when it comes to defending the cartoonists @ Charlie Hebdo. Here we have cartoonists, whose origin is the Paris Student Movement of 1968, thinking it is OK to mock a religious figure through its publication’s cartoons. Here in the U.S. & North Dakota the same people, who defend & motivate the NCAA to bully UND et al, will defend the more egregious treatment Charlie Hebdo exhibited in their depiction of Mohammed as a cartoon. How hypocritical is that? Here we have at UND an image & name used as a positive nickname, even endorsed by many Natives, getting indicted by the PC crowd as disrespectful & those same critics sticking up for free speech when a cartoon @ Hebdo, doing just the opposite, is used to stand up for free speech. Does anyone else see the contradiction here? For me this proves that the real underlying motivation by PCers is that the contention by them that the Sioux logo is disrespectful because it trivializes the Dakota people’s history is more about the PC crowds minimization of “sport” as a worthy activity than it is about caring for the integrity of the Dakota people. These same critics will glorify ancient Greek culture & “sport” as the prime example of high culture when in fact the goal in ancient Greek water polo was to drown your opponent.  For today’s PCer modern “sport”, that doesn’t believe in killing an opponent, doesn’t rate as a worthy cultural activity that can reflect a culture by using its sacred image, i.e., the Sioux name and logo.

Gary Severson

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