I’m starting to believe that the Left doesn’t realize that there are real problems in this world that need to be solved. Case in point: among all the other craziness going on at America’s college campuses, a student at Louisiana State University has decided that the school’s tiger mascot is a symbol of “white oppression” and has started a petition at change.org demanding its removal.
“It is incredibly insulting for any African American to have to attend to a school that honors Confederate militantism, [sic]” the petition declares. “It is already hard enough to be black at LSU, and these symbols must be changed.”
Almost as an afterthought, the author adds that “it’s also cruel to cage a wild animal for the amusement of privileged white people” who have “never been in a cage!”
Of course, the logic of the student who launched the petition is that, because the mascot’s name comes from a Louisiana division during the Civil War, it’s automatically racist. According to the LSU Tigers website, all the soldiers who fought for the state in that conflict were called “Tigers.”
It was the custom at that time, for some occult reason, to call football teams by the names of vicious animals; the Yale Bulldogs and the Princeton Tigers, for example. This is still the vogue. It struck me that purple and gold looked Tigerish enough and I suggested that we choose “Louisiana Tigers,” all in conference with the boys. The Louisiana Tigers had represented the state in Civil War and had been known for their hard fighting. This name was applied collectively to the New Orleans Zouaves, the Donaldsonville Cannoniers, and to a number of other Louisiana companies sent to Virginia, who seemed to have the faculty of getting into the hardest part of the fighting and staying there, most of them permanently. One company I knew of went in 200 strong; only 28 returned and many of these were wounded.
So “Louisiana Tigers” went into the New Orleans papers and became our permanent possession.
It’s a show of bravery, and there’s no obvious racist intent to the nickname. In fact, the petition offers no evidence that the school had such nefarious intentions beyond the Civil War references. What the author does offer, however, is a fistful of Leftist cliches:
“We must speak truth to power, and continue to march toward justice,” [the student] declares. “That day is coming, the day when every symbol of white oppression is torn down.”
As of this writing, the petition has acquired 500 of the 1,000 signatures required, but we can gain something more important from the comment section of the page: don’t mess with Southerners and their football teams!
To tell you how stupid you are. The Tiger is based off the Irish workers, not slave holders. The Irish were forced to do such terrible labor that even slaves were not made to do because the slave owners felt their their slaves lives had more value than the Irish. Bunch of morons!
I am putting a period on this once and for all. LSU is my home school, I grew up on this campus. This thing actually started as a facetious joke by a friend of mine commenting on the removal of the statues in New Orleans. This is nothing more than an out of town loser trying to make a name for himself. If this, whatever, goes after these Tigers… well, it better have more than “racism” to come at us with. We have trained for this battle our whole lives. LSU has the most diverse student body and alumni of any institution of higher learning in the world. We are as famous for our academics as our atheletics. Way back in the dark ages, someone decided that because tigers in the wild live are solitary, a group of tigers should be called a “Streak or an Ambush.” You wanna go after LSU Tigers you need to remember this, in Baton Rouge, a group of Tigers is called a, “Team.” Forever L. S. U.!
This is the dumbest thing that I have ever heard of… Stupid snowflakes… Many kids of all colors have benefitted from LSU, and their Fighting Tigers teams… dont you have anything better to qhine about?
Congratulations to the petition writer for having a life so perfect, so problem free, that the only issue to worry about is a sports mascot.
And those are among the handful that I can quote on a family site! But the last comment rings pretty true. Maybe we should worry about the legitimate problems facing this world and less about college football mascots.
If we could all agree to that, the world would be a much better place.