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    Tuesday, October 23, 2007

    Tuesday Talkback

    Oh, those moaners.

    "My husband and I cannot watch a baseball game on Channel 8 with our grandchildren without being bombarded with ads on erectile dysfunction. It's not the time for that during a baseball game." - Cleveland

    Wrong. There really is no better time than during a baseball game. You can't hit a home run if you have ED -- the best you can do is slide into third. In their last series, the Indians' bats were limp and could have used a little help, and I don't think MLB had banned that set of drugs yet.

    "If the Indians baseball team would like to change its name to the Irish, I am sure that none of us will be offended. They can even recycle the 'I.' We won't even mind if they use a caricature of an Irishman with a bowler hat, clay pipe and a mug of beer. Get over it. Enjoy the honor." - Bay Village

    To be clear, I don't get worked up over this issue. But there is a difference between calling the team the Indians and calling the team the Irish. We didn't commit genocide against the Irish. We didn't defeat and displace the Irish. We didn't rape their women, steal their land, and stick the last few of them on a reservation. And if we caricatured a red nosed Irishman, that actually describes many of us much more than the grinning Chief Wahoo. You don't see Scandinavian people getting worked up over the Minnesota Vikings -- because we didn't invade their lands, defeat them, and keep them down to this very day.

    The idea that calling the team the Indians is some sort of honor is nonsense. Let's be honest about it. We have earned the right to call the team the Indians because we defeated the Native Americans, and as the victors, we have the right to humiliate them on an ongoing basis. Whether or not we should be doing that is another matter entirely. So let us not kid ourselves -- what we are doing is not to honor them. We are doing it because we can and because we want to. And that might be enough -- but let's not dress it up to be more.

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    Blogger Mr. Bebout said ... (8:35 AM, October 23, 2007) : 

    I like the way you have made this argument. In my opinion I think it helps solidify the reasons not to continue to be assholes to Indians, red dot or feather.

     

    Blogger Eric said ... (8:27 PM, October 24, 2007) : 

    Ditto, very good reasoning. I'd be down with the Spiders again.

    Audient, love your blog, please look for an email at work from me re: visiting Cleveland.

     

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