OT: Ohio HS Football- Trail of Tears Banner

Submitted by Go Blue in NC on October 29th, 2016 at 10:19 AM
Cheerleaders of the Greenfield-McClain Tigers displayed a banner citing the "Trail of Tears Part 2" in their matchup last night with the Hillsboro Indians. I know what you're thinking: Who in this day and age could possibly be so ignorant as to think this is ok? As always, Ohio provides... http://deadspin.com/cheerleaders-display-trail-of-tears-banner-before-g…

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Bando Calrissian

October 29th, 2016 at 10:21 AM ^

If I'm the American History teacher at that high school, I'm holding a good old-fashioned assembly on Monday morning.

Though I wonder if that would help, given that they apparently didn't do their job the first time around.

Bleedmaizeblue

October 29th, 2016 at 10:27 AM ^

I'd be willing to bet that those cheerleaders are still proud. To be that ignorant to have that idea then take it that far?! They probably still don't understand what they did was terrible

Blau

October 29th, 2016 at 10:57 AM ^

It's almost 2017 and we still have a team called the "Redskins". Don't get me started on the whole "We're paying homage to a group of people" thing. Last I checked, there are no Native American tribes called the redskins. That only refers to the color of their skin followed by a stereotypical logo of a Native American person. Why not have a team called the "Blackskins", "Yellowskins", or "Whiteskins". Oh because THAT would be racist.

I hate the PC controlled environment as much as the next guy but it seems like as long as there is sports involved, it's fine I turn a blind eye to blatant stereotypes.

SalvatoreQuattro

October 29th, 2016 at 11:38 AM ^

UM is playing a team named the Spartans.

A people who practice pederastes, ritually murdered their slaves, placed "weak" babies out in the wild to die, and launched wars of aggression. It was a proto-fascist society. Yet, we honor them.

The same for the Vikings. A bunch of thieves and murderers who, while innovative and who left a huge impact upon European history, were brutally rapacious.

Who we choose to honor says a lot about our values as a country. Honoring the Spartans and Vikings needs to end.

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Mi Sooner

October 29th, 2016 at 11:52 AM ^

back in the day, a hunter/trapper would come into town and sell his beaver pelts, squirrel pelts, dear hides, and red hides. Redskin was the PC term of its day to hide the fact that people got paid to kill Indians and their scalps were prove of kill.

Thus the dislike of the term.

FLwolvfan22

October 29th, 2016 at 12:20 PM ^

the Redskins name. If you're "not pc" than stop finding offense where there mostly is none. I'm of Irish descent and I am not at all offended by Notre Dame, that dumb little leprachaun annoys me but that's another matter. The Huron tribe was actually in favor of calling the team "the Hurons" but the pc police, respoding to the perpetually "offended" miniscule minority (mostly non native americans) made them change the name.

If indeed "trail of tears" was put out there, yes, that is a much different situation than a team calling themselves something.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/new-poll-finds-9-in-10-native-amer…

Eskimoan

October 29th, 2016 at 10:49 AM ^

When gameday was at Louisville for the FSU game this year, a UofL fan had a sign that said I-65 is the new trail of tears, I was taken back for a min. The ignorance is real

champ009kd

October 29th, 2016 at 10:54 AM ^

Unfortunate attempt at humor by 14-18 year old girls, and big fail by any adult who saw the sign before it hit the field.

Any southpark fans here?
"Girls are funny. Get over yourself"

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Clarence Beeks

October 29th, 2016 at 10:56 AM ^

As someone actually of Cherokee descent (and damn proud of it), I have no issue with this. None whatsoever. With situations like this it always makes me wonder how people who aren't of our descent get so outraged and offended about something that doesn't pertain to their heritage.

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Gucci Mane

October 29th, 2016 at 11:07 AM ^

I'm also of native Amefican descent ( they had migrated to what is now Mexico before the trail of tears) I'm not offended by this, but I still recognize they have gone to far. This society is messed up big time with political correctness, but it's still possible for something to be truly racist or cross the line of being acceptable. Also, on the related stories I saw this exact sign from 2013. A school in bama of course.

Clarence Beeks

October 29th, 2016 at 11:25 AM ^

Absolutely a fair point and of course you can. What was trying to say, though, is that it's almost always someone not of Native American heritage that expresses outrage about this (or the mascot issue), whereas the opinions, generally, of the Native American communities (not the interest groups or the leadership) generally don't align with that view.

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Formerly Yoda

October 29th, 2016 at 11:08 AM ^

by decent do you mean 100%, and still follow some cultural norms? because i have several navajo friends that grew up on reservations and have complete disdain for all these types of things. seems around here everyone with native background loves chief wahoo, the redskins, prefers to be referred to as indian, etc. seems like a major disconnect

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SalvatoreQuattro

October 29th, 2016 at 11:29 AM ^

Many white people claim native ancestry.

Most of those do not. I am not saying that this is the case with Clarence Beeks, but many whites do falsely claim Native ancestry because they come from the lower rungs of European stock.(criminals, ignorant, etc)

It's quite amusing and annoying to see and share this. My maternal side did the same thing. No Native whatsoever. All Scottish and Irish.

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Erik_in_Dayton

October 29th, 2016 at 11:36 AM ^

...in which he looks at the ancestry of celebrities? A number of the African American guests thought they were partially of American Indian descent, but DNA tests have always shown that not to be true (last I saw). It seems that mistakenly claiming American Indian ancestors is a cross-racial American tradition.

Erik_in_Dayton

October 29th, 2016 at 11:27 AM ^

...I think you have to agree that references to mass death/oppression for the sake of talking crap about sports are generally not a good idea. And it's possible to hold this position without being ready to jump out of a window over something like this. It was a bad idea. It's a chance for learning. Then we move on.

markusr2007

October 29th, 2016 at 11:02 AM ^

Most high school kids don't even know who Boss Tweed was. Or David Bedford Forest or General Sheridan's infamous misquote. Or about Wounded Knee. Or about Colfax massacre.

This is not their fault.

This is the result of epic fail by teachers, administrators and districts and of course broken parents.

Dance around our history with pC narratives and refuse to teach about the utter brutality, and you get it all back in spades.

Sorry, but needs to be said.

Next time maybe

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M Ascending

October 29th, 2016 at 11:09 AM ^

I just have to wonder how many Native Americans actually reside in Hillsboro and why they chose to call their teams the Indians in the first place.
We should pass a law requiring all teams to be named for animals or plants. No more problems.