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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The War on Football and the Racial Tension it Creates



The pressure is on! Outside forces are coming into Florida and demanding that Florida State University’s football team, The Seminole’s, take off their jerseys and remove their warrior insignia as the team’s logo. They are trying to bully Florida by dragging us back into the racial prejudices of the past inciting tension and conflict in the process.

These self-proclaimed authorities are coming into our communities, neighborhoods, and states telling us what is best for us. We no sooner got them “out of our bedrooms,” but now they’re coming back; pushing their noses under our tents and into our homes.


As a Floridian, I am angry. The Seminole Indians are a part of our history and culture. They contribute to our state’s economy. They are a proud and beautiful people and we are proud to represent them as the warriors they are. 

Today, Floridians are proud to have them as part of the fabric of our lives. Most of our cities, towns, counties, lakes and rivers use Seminole names, as do many of our streets. Sure you can find some who would balk, but I think the majority of people who make up the Seminole Indian Tribe of Florida are proud of their FSU's Seminole team. Why do outsiders come in only to stir up trouble? This is “political correctness” gone amok.

If you want to test this belief, put it on the ballot in Florida. See how many people support Florida State’s Seminole football team as it is currently designated. What right do outsiders have in telling Floridians what they can and cannot do? Who are these liberal police who cross the country and make decisions based on their own ideology and not ours?

"A proud Seminole family in native costume"
If you’d like more information on The Seminole Indian Tribe of Florida, plus a history lesson, here is a link to the Tribe’s online website: http://www.semtribe.com/

From a press release published by the FSU Office of News and Public Affairs:
“On Aug. 21, 1957, the Seminole Tribe of FL was established through a majority vote of Florida’s Seminole Indians. This vote gave the Seminoles federal recognition as a self-governing tribe with a constitutional form of government. The Seminole Tribe of FL now has almost 3,000 members living on five reservations across the peninsula at Hollywood, Big Cypress, Brighton, Immokalee and Tampa.

“The Seminoles work hard to be economically independent. Tourism and gaming profits pay for infrastructure and schools while citrus groves, cattle agriculture, aircraft production, tobacco sales, land leases and aquaculture are other significant sources of revenue.

“Having persevered through two centuries of adversity the Seminole Indians of Florida have earned the right to call themselves “the unconquered people.” Their indomitable spirit is one that Florida State University proudly seeks to emulate in all of its endeavors.

"Seminole Artwork"
"more Seminole designs"

“Today, the Seminole Indian Tribe participates in many campus activities. Florida State University is proud of its longstanding cooperative relationship with the Seminole Tribe of Florida. The Seminole people have suffered many hardships and injustices, but they have remained brave, dignified and proud. The Seminoles are unconquered. They symbolize what we hope will be the traits of all of our graduates, including our student athletes.”

"Seminole Football"
So far this Season the FSU Seminole’s remain undefeated. They proudly wear their Seminole jerseys in spite of the outside threats from the few.

 

It is time for all American citizens to stand up to the nonsense of allowing other people (unelected and self-appointed) to decide what’s best for individual states and communities

(work-in-progress:  "Sea Swirls" the last in my Sea Series