Sports Fans Don’t Love Native American Mascots, They Just Resent ‘Political Correctness’

While Most See the Names as ‘Questionable,’ They’re Angered by the Power of an Organized Opposition

Is the permission of a local tribe enough to justify the use of Native American mascot names, logos, and rituals by a university’s sports teams?

That’s the rare case presented by Florida State University (FSU) and its Seminoles mascot and Chief Osceola emblem. FSU’s mascotting situation is unique in that its school and teams benefit from a special relationship with an indigenous nation, the Seminole Tribe of Florida (STF). The STF has cosigned FSU’s mascotting practices for over 40 years, thus providing credibility that most teams and schools simply do not …