A letter to the editor in this last weeks NG, had me scratching my head and marveling at the consistency in those who write in continuing support of Chief Illiniwek.
First, there was the statement by the author in how he had recently had a conversation about this subject with someone on the NG forum. Although I don’t delve deeply into all the threads here, my search for this conversation found nothing. So I’m not sure were he was conversing but would have loved to have read it.
As for the consistency, it is truly amazing. You can always count on the supporting folks to say something about the militancy of those who oppose the mascot, which is always somewhat confusing, since when did opposition become militancy?
Then you always have the general sweeping statements such as tradition and ritual to argue continuance. With this kind of logic we should still be burning people at the stake because it fills the pews on Sunday mornings.
Also, nearly every supporter goes off on a tangent that has little relevance on the subject, with this last contributor confusing the arts (in this case film), with live native American religious practices.
Lastly, I’ve always found it most intriguing that the most virulent supports of Chief Illiniwek are devout Christian followers, who immerse themselves and adamantly support what their religious teachings call pagan practices.
Amazing isn’t it, how the devote’ of one religion can so easily adopt and use the practices of another and think nothing of it.