LSU is the latest example of college insanity. A petition is currently circulating to ban and change the sports team name and mascot, Tigers, because it is a symbol of “White Supremacy.” Wait? Isn’t it ok to shout about “black power!” and revere the Black Panthers? Why not the White Power Tigers?
According to the author of the petition—a user going by the name “LaMallori LSU”—the nickname was chosen by “powerful white males” as an homage to the Confederate “Louisiana Tigers” regiment, whose members “were known for their propensity for violence on and off the battle field [sic].”
“It is incredibly insulting for any African American to have to attend to a school that honors Confederate militantism,” the petition declares. “It is already hard enough to be black at LSU, and these symbols must be changed.”
Almost as an afterthought, the author adds that “it’s also cruel to cage a wild animal for the amusement of privileged white people” who have “never been in a cage!”
It concludes by quoting Dr. Charles Coates, an LSU administrator from 1893-1939, who explained the origin of the Tigers mascot in a 1937 alumni newsletter.
Describing the school’s initial foray into college football in 1895, Coates does in fact directly attribute the team’s name to the state’s Civil War heritage, noting that he found it appropriate because the original Louisiana Tigers were known for “getting into the hardest part of the fighting and staying there, most of them permanently.”
Moreover, Coates recounted, the selection fit in with the contemporary custom of naming football teams after “vicious animals,” such as the Yale Bulldogs and the Princeton Tigers.
The petition presents this account as indisputable evidence that the mascot had racist undertones from the very beginning, labeling it a “symbol of white oppression” that must be eliminated.
“We must speak truth to power, and continue to march toward justice,” it declares. “That day is coming, the day when every symbol of white oppression is torn down.”
Yep. They want to destroy every symbol of “white oppression” in the country. Good luck with that. You’re gonna have to start destroying pretty much everything built by whites. And all those Europeans who founded our country? Wipe them from the history books too and change the names on everything named after them (goodbye, Washington DC you rotten symbol of white oppression; hello, M. L. Kingstown). Time to reprint all the money too. Heck, even the Lincoln Memorial has to go because President Lincoln was actually rather racist in his views on blacks.
And while we’re at it, can we please just change all the names of all the sports teams in the US, everything from Little League to the Pros? They’re all offensive and violent and white (either that or they’re culturally appropriating things like “Redskins”). How about things like “the Butterflies” or “the Puppies” or “the Kittens?” Oops, that’ll probably offend PETA or the environmentalists. Oh, well, we’re just going to have to abolish sports entirely. But that’ll put a lot of blacks out of work – no biggie they can just go on welfare like the rest. But…
Once you start down this road of offense-taking insanity there is no end.