Sock-a-lexit to me!
One of my journalism professors so long ago at UW-Oshkosh was a Korean-born man named Holim Kim. He was intrigued when I answered that my European nationality was German-Bohemian. That seemed to fit my hippy appearance in the late 1960s.
It distresses me NOT that “bohemian” is associated with the artsy set surrounding Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas. Or that the supper club in northern Wisconsin famed for the shoot-out between the FBI and the Dillinger gang is “Little Bohemia.”
Political correctness marches on!
But “Indians” is, apparently, a pejorative. So Cleveland’s 127-year old baseball team is no longer the “Indians” — their nickname since 1915 — but the “Guardians.” Isn’t that an insurance company? Then again, their stadium is named Progressive by the insurance company. Be thankful they’re not the Cleveland Progressives! Or worse, the “Floyds,” because the name change was an over-reaction to the death of George Floyd.
Cleveland’s team was once the “Naps” after Hall of Famer Napoleon LaJoie (great name!). He had bolted from the National League’s Philadelphia team to play for Cleveland in the newly formed American League in 1901.
When LaJoie left in 1914, the team sought a new name. “Indians” revived the informal nickname the team acquired when Louis Sockalexis, a member of the Penobscot tribe, played for the team 15 years earlier.
Dammit, show some spine! Call your team the Cleveland Sockalexi! (Plural of Sockalexis.)
This the latest instance of pusillanimity in the face of progressive bullying. Aunt Jemima, a proud (if overweight) black chef, the Indian maiden on the package of butter, and a 70-ton rock on the Madison campus of the University of Wisconsin. Erased! We feel oh-so virtuous! We have been CLEANSED!
Will the Atlanta Braves be the next to cave? Always thought “brave” was a positive attribute. Or are they the Atlanta Cowards? Will Florida State become the Orange Juicers instead of the Seminoles? “Brewers?” Are we celebrating inebriation? Bret Bielema’s new team is the Illinois Fighting Illini. Now THERE is a triple conundrum!
Pass the Bucks
Do the parents and alumni of Mukwonago WI high school so hate their kids that they call their sports teams “Chiefs”? Is it good to be a chief? Almost every Wisconsin town settled by Norwegian immigrants calls their school teams “Vikings.” Those marauders!
To name a sports team after an ethnicity is to demean the ethnicity,” Nicholas Frankovich writes in National Review. “Unless, apparently, we’re talking about northwestern Europeans — Vikings, Celtics, Yankees, Fighting Irish.”
Blaska’s Bottom Line: So much for “white fragility.” Our progressive … acquaintances are more fragile than a Faberge egg in one of their mostly peaceful riots.