Petition to change ‘racist’ mascot equates blacks with ‘caged wild animals’

Petition to change ‘racist’ mascot equates blacks with ‘caged wild animals’

Never mind the idiocy of a petition to change the mascot of Louisiana State University to something other than a tiger because the tiger is a symbol of the Confederacy and of white oppression. Focus instead on the language of the petition, which states:

It’s … cruel to cage a wild animal for the amusement of privileged white people. They’ve never been in a cage!

First there is the presumption that only white people frequent zoos and for the purpose of amusement at seeing caged animals, not to appreciate their beauty and the diversity of nature. (I’ll ignore the part about privilege, which seems to be a redundancy anyway, since according to the rules of contemporary social justice, all whites are privileged.)

More importantly, is the author of this document comfortable with the implication that blacks are wild animals?

Earlier on the petition advises:

It is incredibly insulting for any African American to have to attend to a school that honors Confederate militantism. It is already hard enough to be black at LSU, and these symbols must be changed.

It’s hard to be black at LSU? Really? College Factual rates LSU’s overall diversity as “excellent.” A pie chart on the page reveals that blacks comprise 11.5% of the total student population — just shy of the national distribution.

The school does even better in terms of sex with females comprising 51.3% of the student body. But that’s not relevant to the grievance over the team mascot.

This petition is just the latest example of a war on so-called “white supremacy” and “white oppression” that grows and festers by the day. LU’s Web Crawler section contains a link to an article by a white anthropological doctoral candidate that advocates white genocide.

It doesn’t appear that the madness will end any time soon.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.


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