Friday, December 27, 2002

Tyrrany of the minority 

The Wall Street Journal on its Taste page today covers the brewing controversy over the Univ. of North Dakota mascot. Our own President Saigo has made it a cornerstone of his presidency to stop the use of these Native American mascots, even when it turns out the schools using them were founded by Native America. Even a when the polls show that 3/4 of native Americans do not believe the logo contributes to negative stereotyping, that's not enough for Pres. Saigo. "But I believe that if only a fraction are offended or feel degraded by the practice -- 23 percent according to the survey -- that's still thousands of individuals, and their point of view should be taken seriously. Remember Dr. Martin Luther King's famous quote: 'Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.' " If one wants to know why SCSU panders to each and every small grievance, this statement might be the simulacrum that exposes the reason.