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This is a wonderful controversy that involves politics money and sports. You would think that after they banned chief a line of work in 2007 . It might have come to an end . However , it continues to percolate . Even though the chief was banned in 2007 there have been chiefs in office ever since , including a guy named Ivan Dozier , who was chief away from 2000 turn to 2015 . We’ve had it on the front page of The Chicago Tribune yesterday it continues and continues . This is something that involved alumni the great Roger Ebert the late Roger elaborate , one of the most famous a line I alumni was right in the middle of this for years and they cannot seem to resolve it . I think one of the reasons it has lasted so long is University of Illinois alumni at sporting events . There is something called the 3 in one . It is a series of horrific alumni songs done together with the chief standing majestically with his headdress and his arms extended , it’s really a dramatic thing . The problem is it was racist , and it was insulting to Native Americans . So the the majesty of all that lingers and even though most people understand a line of work is unacceptable .
Even though the figure was banned these traditions have remained which means that there is at least a subset of the fandom that is passing the traditions on to the next generation of students.
I think , calling them a subset of the alumni is is giving them more hit that they could serve birthday. Yes , there’s an actual organization called honor the chief there they are organized . They are planning an event and February 22-3 weeks from now after Purdue Illinois basketball game in which they’re asking everybody to wear a line awake gear sweatshirts T-shirts , hairdressers , all the usual things so this subset is still going strong . No question about it .
What I’m trying to understand is why they is so much attachment to this figure.
You know , I think it’s , it’s one of the strange things in the culture of American sports. We do become attached to things like logos things like mascots and in the case of a line awake a symbol of what the online . I think they are . I’m a Chicago Cubs fan if somebody tried to change the uniform of the Chicago Cubs . I would be very upset . It doesn’t make any sense . It’s irrational , it’s hard to defend that . But that’s how sports fans are particularly when it’s your college you’ve spent 4 years there you have these attachments you continue to give money to the place and you wanted to be the way it was when you were there .
We’re talking to sports journalist and legal analyst Lester Munson and we’re discussing the use of native American imagery and sports at the college in the professional level. If you are a you of I a lot more just a fan . What’s your take on the chief align a whack symbol or other local Native American sport symbols , give us a call at 312-923-9239 that’s 312923 double easy as you mentioned , there’s a meeting today at the University of Illinois to get the ball rolling on a new mascot other college programs have been through this process , how big of a challenge is it for a school to switch to switch gears .
It can be an enormous challenge , some schools St John University in New York , managed to make a change without a ripple of controversy. University of North Dakota was called the Fighting Sioux as in the Sioux Indians and they have a hockey stadium up there , in which the Sioux Indian symbols are literally part of the marble floor and the marble walls . They had an alumnus who wanted to make sure it could never change , they did have to change their name to the fighting Hawks because the NCAA finally agreed that using these Native American references was no longer acceptable . So in some cases it changes smoothly . In other cases , it is now . We had one of the high schools here in Naperville had to switch its name and that seemed to go very smoothly . So you you you just don’t know how it’s gonna come out .
What was your reaction to the news that came down yesterday regarding Cleveland and the.
Use chief , while 44 , who has been the center of controversy for a long time. Nobody really cared much about it until the Indians , became a winning team . Then it became a serious issue , as we all know they played the Cubs in the World Series a couple years ago , and if that point , the commissioner of baseball who happens to be one of the great leaders in the sports industry he decided he had had enough of that insulting logo and he started to lean on the owner of the team , a guy named Paul Dolan and because the Indians wanted to have the All Star game in 2019 in their ballpark , the Commissioner had leverage and he use that leverage to persuade the owner to get rid of this cartoon logo . Oddly enough , they’re going to continue to use the logo in paraphernalia that they sell at the stadium , but it’s going to be off the uniforms , you want to see it on television . It won’t be there in front of everybody , the way it was in the World Series 2 years ago .
Why take that approach where it’s only absent on the team uniforms. But you can still buy the paraphernalia and where in the stadiums , the image . Not really gone .
The image is not gone and the Indians but the ownership wanted to keep the trademark , if they didn’t use it anymore. They would lose the protection , so they are trying to sell a little bit of paraphernalia by keeping the trademark . I have a feeling it will gradually whether away but for the moment , they will continue to sell the paraphernalia .
We are talking to sports journalist and legal expert Lester Munson about the representation of Native Americans and sports were also taking your calls if you’re you by a la more fan but your take on chief a wacko other local Native American sport symbols , give us a call at 312-923-9239 that’s 312923 WB easy on the phone , we have Mark in Lincoln Square. Now you have a different take on chief align wet van on Cleveland’s chief Wagyu image explain that .
I do , and I’m not okay a line I one but I will say once the private college with the mascot of a bulldog.