09.24.14 | posted by Mark McLawhorn | No Comments
Florida State University vs. North Carolina State University
Yep. We’re facing the number one team in the country.
That country is called the United States of America.
And we’ve got plenty of questions to ask ourselves. One of those is how we talk about the people who were here before it was made the United States.
In recent years, there’s been discussion regarding FSU’s use of Chief Osceola as the “symbol” for its Seminole mascot. Obviously, the treatment of Native American mascots is a major conversation in sports, and it’s something I’ve continually been a part of.
On the surface, arguing about “cartoon characters” may seem ridiculous, but it is a microcosm of an ongoing discussion in this grand experiment called America. The argument’s persistence proves that we still have many questions to answer about our identity as a whole. We’ll just have to keep talking and working through it
This year, I decided NOT to use the Chief in the cartoon, but to use my own mascot, based on Cimarron.
No, this isn’t an answer to anything. But we owe it to ourselves to continue a conversation that started as soon as European feet were planted in the soil of “The New World.”
If you’ve got a second, take a look at my pal and EXCELLENT graphic designer Brittain Peck’s website whiteskins.org.
You will totally drop a jaw.