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Massachusetts wants to ban ‘offensive’ mascots

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To liberals and social justice warriors, being culturally insensitive is pretty much the worst thing you can be other than a Trump voter or refusing to believe in climate change.

Massachusetts State Senator Barbara A. L’Italien (D) is determined to protect anyone from having their feelings hurt over Native American team mascots, reported ABC News on Wednesday.

The 41 public schools in the Bay State with team names including “Redskins,” “Savages,” “Indians,” “Indianettes,” “Chiefs,” “Chieftains,” “Braves,” and “Redmen” would be forced to change them because they offend someone somewhere.

“(I don’t want children thinking) stereotypes and caricatures were OK,” said Lisa Thomas, one of the main residents to petition L’Italien to submit the bill.

This is, of course, utter nonsense. Thomas and her ilk don’t care about all caricatures or stereotypes. She’s not going to be fighting to remove all the other team mascots and logos that are centered around ethnic groups like Notre Dame’s “Fighting Irish,” the Minnesota Vikings, the University of Louisiana’s “Ragin Cajun’s,” or Gordon University’s “Fighting Scots.”

No, this has nothing to do with the children, stereotypes, or legitimate fears of racism. This is about people working to make themselves feel good by labeling themselves an activist against their own notion of what’s offensive.

A Washington Post poll conducted in 2016 found that 90 percent of Native Americans don’t believe the Washington Redskins’ name is offensive to them.

It offends people like Lisa, who want to make the world a little safer against the phantom racists that dance in her head.


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