Saturday, October 31, 2015

Susquehanna College Ditches "Offensive" Nickname (Crusaders)

Hat tip The College Fix

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Chalk up another college that has decided to change its nickname because somebody out there is offended. In this case, its Susquehanna College in Pennsylvania. Apparently, somebody has complained that their nickname (Crusaders) is offensive, exclusionary, triggering, micro-aggressive, or something.

Full disclosure: When I was a kid, my favorite cartoon program on TV was Crusader Rabbit. I have worn that badge of shame ever since. Little did I know at the time that the term, "Crusader" was offensive to Muslims because of some war that happened hundreds of years ago as brave jihadis fought heroically to maintain their conquests against the dark forces of the Cross.

But that is no excuse.

How could it be in this modern era of John Kerry, Barack Obama, dhimmitude and pandering, that an obscene term like Cru  No, I cannot say it. Let's just call it the C-word, could still linger in our lexicon? I applaud Susquehanna and its courageous president for assigning the C-word to the dustbin of academic history.

Of course, Susquehanna is not the first college to change its nickname from the C-word. How about Maranatha Baptist College in Wisconsin, which caved to the demands of 9-11 last year, a move much applauded by CAIR.

“Our world has changed since 9/11 and we’ve become a more global society with the Internet. The heartbeat behind this was not political correctness, but expanded opportunities for our students.”

Can the College of the Holy Cross be far behind?

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At any rate, now the search must begin for a new nickname for Susquehanna College. Here are a few suggestions:

The Dhimmis
The Cowardly Lions
The Tin Men
The Lemons
The Rabbits


Squid said...

I bet that a team name like "Saracens" would not be a problem.


Siarlys Jenkins said...

How about the Maquis? Or perhaps the Roundheads? The Insurrectos? I would favor the Communards.

Squid... by all the criteria of political correctness, cultural appropriation, micro-aggression, and all that rot... "saracens" is an ethnic slur perpetrated by the Crusaders. I don't think that would fly.

elwood p suggins said...

Or Notre Dame?? Probably not.

elwood p suggins said...

Above sounds a little confusing, I meant in terms of a name change for Notre Dame. Come to think of it, seems to me that since "Fighting Irish" deals with both ethnicity and whiteness, so a change there, as with some who want changes relative to Native Americans (Redskins, Braves, etc.), would be also in order. You think??