American Indian rights group receives unexpected reaction to thought experiment

American Indian rights group receives unexpected reaction to thought experiment

The best place to begin is with the Jewish stereotype of answering a question with a question: Put simply, who wouldn’t want a “New York Jews” baseball cap (emblazoned with a cartoonish rendering of a man with “Hebraic” features — read: a big shnoz — wearing a yarmulke)?

Of course, I’m speaking for myself as a Jew and a New Yorker. But a whole slew of comments at NBC Sports’ HardballTalk blog suggests I’m not alone. Many inquire as to where they can find a cap like the one shown.

The answer is that you can’t … at least not yet.*

The logo was designed as a thought experiment by the National Congress of American Indians, a rights organization. Their point was to emphasize how offensive racial stereotypes can be. So they created — artfully, one should emphasize! — two logos of imaginary teams that could be viewed alongside Chief Wahoo, the caricature that has been the Cleveland Indian team logo and mascot since 1947.

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Here for your delectation are the three logos. Having no Chinese blood, I can’t speak for how well the “San Francisco Chinamen” will be received.

HatsBut clearly, the outage that the NCAI was looking for has not materialized. Neither has the politically correct assumption by NBC Sports’ Craig Calcaterra, who writes: “You’d never dare argue that either of the first two [logos shown] are cool.”

Obviously, he is wrong.

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* Don’t be surprised if some enterprising member of the tribe — or non-member — gets a line of caps and sportswear with this logo into production soon.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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