Tuesday, February 20, 2007

When Indian mascot is gone, then what?

Chief Illiniwek, the controversial Indian mascot at the University of Illinois, will dance his last at Wednesday's night's basketball game in Champaign between the Illini and Michigan.

What happens at the school thereafter will test the popular claim that the Chief was intended only to honor Native American culture, not to give offense. We'll see what other conspicuous ways the university's administrators, students and alumni can find to pay tribute to Indians after Illiniwek is gone.

If nothing significant happens, we'll be left to assume that all the talk about the Chief having been "an honorable symbol" came from forked tongues.

I'm betting that all concerned will do themselves proud, which would distinguish the university as a truly classy place.

Go Orange and Blue!

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