Indian Nicknames and Mascots
turn out to be far less obnoxious to actual Native Americans than we have been told by activists.
Just another example of self-appointed jerks stirring up controversy for their own ego/interests. These groups are out of control and threaten our democracy. They splinter America into single issue constituencies, seeking to get their way through non-political means, generally via lawsuits and threats against businesses. Their idea of tolerance is "Give us what we want, and to hell with you!"
It started with the Civil Rights movement, which was completely appropriate, as were Ghandi's struggles in South Africa and India. But, the success of the nonviolent protests of blacks in the South showed that demonstrations could get media attention from journalists who are looking for injustices. And which of us cannot find some injustice in our own lives?
From valid struggles to right bona fide wrongs, we have come to struggles over hypersensitivity.
New groups are born and older groups are redirected to attack every imperfection in an imperfect world, and with religious zeal. So we have activists against the "evil" of fur coats, against noticing that fat people are fat, against calling your sports team the Braves or the Redskins, against pluralism that doesn't give top billing to your particular ethnic group.
Maybe we're just too rich and have too much time on our hands, or maybe we've lost our understanding of "E Pluribus Unum."