Ricochet is the best place on the internet to discuss the issues of the day, either through commenting on posts or writing your own for our active and dynamic community in a fully moderated environment. In addition, the Ricochet Audio Network offers over 50 original podcasts with new episodes released every day.
I understand that in today’s culture people on the Left are trying hard to out woke each other. I also know that colleges are the worst offenders. Despite all of that, when I saw this story I assumed it was some sort of parody.
Emory & Henry College is trying to decide if they should change their team mascot might have a negative impact on inclusion and diversity. Normally when you hear that the teams involved have some sort of Native American based name. But animal names?
It turns out that the racist name is the wasps. Now, I have been stung enough to hate the little creatures, but not because of the colors of their skin. Turn out, the flying demons are not the problem, but it is spelled the same as the acronym WASP. For those of you under 40, WASP stands for White Anglo-Saxon Protestants and was a popular phrase decades ago.
It is not clear then if they want to change the name for the sake of WASPs, the way they want to change the Indians name so not to offend Indians, or if they want non-WASPs to feel included. Most of the people I grew up with were either Irish, Italian, or Jewish. I was a WASP and that made me a minority. I was neither proud nor ashamed. So, I really could not believe this story when I saw it.
Then I went to the college’s web site and read it for myself:
Conversations must examine how Emory & Henry’s past has contributed to current and ongoing systemic oppression. For example, discussion should be renewed regarding College’s mascot, the wasp, and the impact of this mascot on inclusion and diversity on our campus.
Here is the real problem. Racism can be an awful thing, but when we redefine it to be the wrong bug on a football helmet then you make it really hard for anyone to be sympathetic.Published in