Orange You Glad You Named Your Team The Bobcats?
SAN ANGELO, TX – The 2020 cancel culture has worked its way through people, statues, and flags and now looks to add sports teams to its agenda.
In wake of the alleged murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May, groups such as Black Lives Matter and the NAACP have been demanding changes across the nation. It started by getting rid of statues like in Love field in Dallas where officials took down the statue of the Texas Ranger due to the "rough" past. Three days ago the state of Mississippi decided to change its state flag by taking off the confederate symbol that was located in the top right corner. Also this week Orange County, CA discusses taking down a statue of the Duke, John Wayne. Here is the story: Cancel Culture Now Going After John Wayne.
Now that these things have been taken down the cancel culture is moving to sports teams. It started with the NFL team the Washington Redskins. What some call a derogatory mascot, the "Redskins," has been used in the NFL since the 1932 and the Beltway area football team is one of the oldest teams in the NFL. Earlier this morning, owner of the Redskins Dan Snyder stated that they will be reviewing the team's name. This could lead to a possible name change but Snyder said he doesn't see much wrong with the name.
“It's just historical truths, and I'd like them to understand, as I think most do, that the name really means honor, respect,” he told ESPN at the time. “We sing 'Hail to the Redskins.' We don't say hurt anybody. We say 'Hail to the Redskins. Braves on the warpath. Fight for old D.C.' We only sing it when we score touchdowns.”
When asked what a “Redskin” was, Snyder replied: “A Redskin is a football player. A Redskin is our fans. The Washington Redskins fan base represents honor, represents respect, represents pride. Hopefully winning. And, and, it, it's a positive. Taken out of context, you can take things out of context all over the place. But in this particular case, it is what it is. It's very obvious.”
Shrink the scale down to Texas and you will see a few familiar teams that has changed to be more politically correct. In the Metroplex, Richland High School has decided to get rid of its rebel mascot. The school will also get rid of the fight song which is "Dixie" a popular song of the Confederacy. Then Arlington Martin announced Thursday that it will be removing the logo of the warrior mascot which depicts a Native American.
San Angelo has already seen the cancel culture go after the name of a local middle school. When will the teams up in Lake View be next? For now, it appears that the San Angelo Central Bobcats, with their colors orange and blue, are safe from cancelation. Their safety is what the headline was all about.
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