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No Mascot Safe From the Nags October 3, 2018

Posted by geoff in News.

I’m continually perplexed by the liberal claim that they have a more nuanced view of, well, everything, compared to the over-simplified Manichean view of conservatives. It’s not that I don’t think the claim is worthy of discussion, but that all that revered nuance disappears when they find a reason to dislike something.

Consider the innocuous mascot of CSULB, Prospector Pete:

California State University, Long Beach, has decided to do away with its “Prospector Pete” mascot amid concerns that it’s connected to genocide — and some students and faculty at the university are recommending that the school avoid using any person or people-inspired replacement to avoid offense.

The Times explains that the idea of Prospector Pete originated from the campus’s founding in 1949, with the founding president — Pete Peterson — saying he had “struck the gold of education” with the establishment of the college. Many students, however, don’t see it that way. Rather, they see it as a sort of relic of racism and of the genocide of Native Americans that occurred during the Gold Rush era.

It’s an undeniable truth that nothing in this world is perfect, and that anything can upset someone, somewhere, sometime. But almost nothing is perfectly bad, either, and we can often take positive messages from even the most heinous people or events.

You can paint almost any  historical figure or event with the brush of racism, but that’s a myopic way to view history. Just as Thomas Jefferson isn’t primarily defined by his slave-owning, Prospector Pete isn’t primarily defined by genocide and racism. He is meant to symbolize the excitement and energy brought to California during the Gold Rush.

But appreciating the positives requires some of that there nuance that I apparently don’t have.

If the Social Justites are going to continue, then I suggest we replace all mascots with victim groups. Then CSULB can call themselves something like “The CSULB Survivors.”

Until a victim group with a higher intersectional victimization score takes issue with it.


1. Retired Geezer - October 3, 2018

…Then CSULB can call themselves something like “The CSULB Survivors.

I’m pretty sure we IB’ers could come up with some sort of Furry Mascot Costume.

2. geoff - October 8, 2018

The IB Unspeakable Horrors.

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