Report out this week that a few members of the facility of the University of Mississippi are offended now by the term "Ole Miss", which is how the school is commonly referred too. See, back in the slavery days of the 1800s, slaves were required to call the daughters and wife of the plantation owner not just "miss", but "Ole Miss". The name evokes pain and suffering to all of those who have slavery roots.
Let me go on record and say that while I know more white people than I do black people, I don't know anyone who has any living relatives that are slaves.
But Ole Miss is a racist name, and we should change it immediately!!!! People (a few) are offended by this! It's bad enough that "Running Rebels" is a symbolic gesture of the South in the Confederacy, but to use the words "Ole Miss" with it???
Change it, and change it now, before anyone else is offended by this gesture.
Then I got to thinking about more college football teams... THE WHOLE SEC IS RACIST, RACIST, I TELL YOU....
Want proof? Here...
"War Eagle", the battle cry of the Auburn Tigers? I mean "War", really? Glorifying combat and conflict? That is the opposite of peace. I'm offended.
"Roll Tide"? Their mascot is an elephant, which hail from two places... Africa and India. To invoke the proud elephant into such a violent game is it insinuate that people from those lands want war and love fighting. I'm offended on their behalf.
The Florida Gators? The Gator is hunted and killed for their skins and meat, senselessly. To envoke such a game onto this proud animal is to enjoy the killing of such. I'm offended on the behalf of animal rights activists
The Vanderbilt Commodores? The Commodores were a great 70s funk band, led by Lionel Ritchie. Unfortunately, Vanderbilt is known for a losing tradition... which means, the Commodores are losers. I'm offended on behalf of any Lionel Ritchie fans and Commodores fans. Easy indeed.
The LSU Tigers? Their battle cry is "Geaux Tigers", which hails from a French background. Using France's name in such a derogatory manner to promote your violent game is to recall another violent battle... the French and Indian war. Now, I'm offended on behalf of two proud peoples.
The South Carolina Gamecocks? Did you know a "gamecock" is a chicken? That's meat, people. You don't eat meat! It's cruel! I'm offended on behalf of all vegans.
The Texas A&M Aggies? Aggies. Put an "F" in the front of that, and now you have a horrible gay slur. I mean, I wouldn't do that, but someone might, and let's be honest, we cannot take that chance. I'm offended on behalf of the gay community.
The Missouri Tigers? The Tigers are an endangered species, hunted and killed for their skins and coats. This use of their animal name is nothing but a promotion of illegal game hunting and poaching. I'm offended on behalf of all animal lovers.
The Kentucky Wildcats? The word "cat" is used by the African American community, especially in the 70s, to describe another person. To take this name, then put a "wild" in front of it, is to assume that because you are of a certain color, you are a wild person. Like in Africa. This is an egregious use of this word, and I'm not going to stand for it. I'm totally offended on behalf of anyone of any color called "cat", ever.
The Tennessee Volunteers? To "volunteer" means to not get paid. You know, like not getting paid as much as a man does, if you are a woman? You know, the gender equality in this country? Why not just called them the Tennessee Unequally Paid but Harder Working Females? Because its the white man that makes these names up. I'm offended on behalf of all women.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs? The Georgia Bulldogs? You know what they use in riots to quell the protesters? Tear gas and dogs. If I was at Kent State, when all those people were massacred, every time I hear the word "dog", it would bring back painful memories of almost being bitten. Not sure anyone was bitten during that event, but if they were, my memories would be more painful. I'm offended on behalf of anyone who's ever been bitten by an animal, bulldog or otherwise.
The Arkansas Razorbacks? Do you know what a Razorback is? It's a hog. Or a pig. Another animal we brutally slaughter for meat purposes. An animal that produces things like ham and pork, meats that can be horrible for your system to eat. Meats that when eaten in excess, can give you blocked arteries, heart attacks, diabetes! Meaning that every time someone yells "Hog Sooey!", if you have ever had a heart attack, blocked arteries or diabetes, you need to be offended. No worries. I'm offended for you.
See? Even the words "Southeastern Conference" is offensive. "Conference", meaning a meeting, where we can sit around with our bosses and realize how much money someone else is making, and how much money we are NOT making, even though we do most of the work (especially if you are a woman...) and "Southeast"... well, I cannot even describe for you the racial overtones this has, except for three words "Hub of Slavery".
We should get rid of all mascots, because someone might be offended by them. We cannot call them by their city names, because the people in poor Starkville do not need to be reminded how good people in the wealthier areas of Knoxville might have it. And we cannot assign them colors, because red (Indian), yellow (Asian), black (Black), white (White), brown (Mexican), purple (sick people), blue (cold people--stupid global warming) will all be offensive.
We need to abolish football completely. Then, and only then will we have an offense-free society. Then and only then can we turn on ESPN and not be totally taken aback by the egregious racism that runs rampant through our sport.
...we could be offended by the fact that children are being beheaded in Iraq because they might come from a "Christian" family. I've seen the pictures. That offends me. Just a thought.