Politically Incorrect

The New York State Education Commissioner Wants High Schools With Teams Named After Native American Teams to Change Them. Too Sensitive?

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TYMEISHA LOVELL
Age 19
Resides Staten Island
OccupationStudent

Should sports teams named after Native American tribes change their names? I'm a sports fanatic and I think team names are associated with important things. The Pittsburgh Steelers were named for the city that produced steel. It's where poeple are from, it's the history they identify themselves with. I'm part Cherokee and Chinook indian, and I'm not offended by teams named after Native Americans.

Are you politically incorrect? I make fun of everyone. Whites, blacks, Chinese. My brother's half Italian, I make fun of him. My grandfather calls me a zebra. Every group has been through a certain experience. African Americans suffered through slavery, Jews through the Holocaust, Japanese Americans were imprisoned in World War II. We're all very similar.

Has political correctness gone too far? Yes. This flap with the Regents Exam, for instance. The terms "African American" or "white" are used all over the place to describe specific qualities. In real life the media and books and movies use adjectives to describe people. Why go to the trouble of choosing great black or hispanic or Jewish literature for the exam if you're going to strip it of its culture? It's hypocritical.


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JORDI DELFELD
Age 26
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Set designer

Should sports teams named after Native American tribes change their names? The names themselves aren't offensive, it's the charicaturish mascots that are. If they changed the mascots, it might be OK.

Are you politically incorrect? No, and it's not because I have some repressed desire to be. I just want to live my life and let other people live theirs too.

Has political correctness gone too far? Absolutely. It's our differences that make life exciting. I think that if we sanitize our cultural backgrounds we're going to end up in a brave new world. In the last 10 years New York City has gotten a lot less interesting—42nd Street is replete with mouse ears. Everything interesting is getting pushed out. In Florida, my sister can't even read Huckleberry Finnfor school. It's considered too upsetting.


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ALEXANDER ANNIUK
Age19
ResidesBrooklyn
OccupationStudent

Should sports teams named after Native American tribes change their names?I could care less. That's not where cultural sensitivity is important.

Are you politically incorrect?I myself am culturally diverse. I've got Jamaican, Slavic, and Mexican elements in my family and we call each other names all the time. But I don't do it in the street.

Has political correctness gone too far?Yes. I think that's just obscene. We talk about race when we should be talking about who has money and who doesn't. We should be addressing socio-economic issues, not who is fat or black or Jewish.


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CHRISTIAN BRANDIER
Age34
ResidesManhattan
OccupationButcher

Should sports teams named after Native American tribes change their names?No. Their names have existed for a long time. I also would want to know who would profit from the name change.

Are you politically incorrect?I suppose I'm politically incorrect when I'm with my good friends. Otherwise, no.

Has political correctness gone too far?Yes. It's really too much. There are people who are just angry about everything. In Europe there is another group every 50 miles. Another group means another joke. In Austria, where I'm from, there are nine different areas that constitute the country. We all make jokes about people from the other regions, but we love each other too.


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DIANE MANIN
Age24
ResidesBrooklyn
OccupationEditor

Should sports teams named after Native American tribes change their names?No. I disagree with that movement.

Are you politically incorrect?No, but I'm blunt and I don't care what people think. Being outspoken doesn't make me an asshole.

Has political correctness gone too far?It doesn't address the real issues. It creates a kind of society where everyone is living under a blanket. If you eliminate certain adverbs or adjectives or ways of describing the world, then you create a kind of bubble where people feel alienated from their actual experiences and feelings.


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ANGELA GORDON
Age36
ResidesManhattan
OccupationActress

Should sports teams named after Native American tribes change their names? No.

Are you politically incorrect?Well, according to this kind of "thought police," I guess I am politically incorrect.

Has political correctness gone too far?Trying not to step on other peoples' feet is getting out of control. The terms being eliminated are part of individual histories. We have to stop trying to round off the edges that make things like politics and sports creative. People must be able to express their own cultural expreriences because these are the things that are unique to them. Expressed as personal history, it isn't harmful to others.


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KARINA MICHAELS
Age26
ResidesBrooklyn
OccupationActress

Should sports teams named after Native American tribes change their names?I don't keep up with sports, but I think there's such a thing as being too sensitive.

Are you politically incorrect?I tend to be a comedian and I like good satire like South Parkwhere they make fun of everyone. I would say that I'm one way with my friends, and another on the street. I don't have a prejudiced bone in my body. Living in New York, which is obviously a very culturally diverse city, I'm careful.

Has political correctness gone too far?Again, I think it's a fine line between being funny and being insensitive. Being of Hispanic descent, I wonder how I would feel if someone dressed as a Mexican guy in a sombrero was dancing around the arena.

 
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