The members of the American Sociological Association have decided to be very angry about the Cleveland Indians “Chief Wahoo” logo, and they have collectively written a letter to Major League Baseball commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr., telling Manfred just how angry they are.
In the lengthy letter, dated last week, American Sociological Association president Michelle Lamont sternly declares — on behalf of sociology professors everywhere — that “Native American sports names and logos” “involve stereotyping that harms Native Americans.” She asks Manfred to “rid Major League Baseball of all Native American team nicknames, logos and other such symbols” — to create “greater equality and social justice for all.”
“Academic research clearly demonstrates” that nicknames and logos honoring Native Americans “reflect and reinforce societal stereotypes,” “undermine” “accurate understandings of” Native Americans and “harm Native Americans” by “depressing their self-esteem,” Lamont claims. Also, she and other cloistered sociology professors are just sure that Native American team names “convey disrespect.”
Lamont is a Harvard sociology professor who has a doctoral degree from the University of Paris and who spells her first name way fancier on her Harvard biography. It’s not clear how many — if any — Native Americans she has consulted to form her opinions.
A Washington Post poll released earlier this year shows that 9 out of 10 Native Americans are not offended by the frequently maligned Washington Redskins’ team name. (RELATED: Washington Post Poll Finds 90 Percent Of Native Americans Are Not Offended By Redskins’ Name)
The WaPo poll surveyed 504 Native Americans in every state and the District of Columbia across a five-month period ending in April and found that responses to the issue “were broadly consistent regardless of age, income, education, political party or proximity to reservations.”
More than 70 percent of participants did not view the term “Redskin” as disrespectful to Native Americans, and nearly 80 percent stated they would not be “personally offended” if a non-Native American person called them that name. (RELATED: Dear Deeply Offended Redskins Haters: Actual Navajo Nation High School Mascot IS REDSKINS)
Sociology professors in the United States tend to gravitate toward bizarre and radical fringes.
Take Zandria Robinson. She’s a sociology professor in Tennessee who took to her Twitter account last year to inform America that white people are synonymous with “terror” and to define the Confederate flag as “the ultimate symbol” of capitalism. (RELATED: ‘Whiteness’ Is ‘Terror’ Professor Lands At Fancypants College That’s 77 PERCENT WHITE)
There’s also well-heeled, Occupy movement-praising sociology professor Erik Olin Wright at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Wright, a “cosmopolitan” Marxist who rakes a sweet annual salary of $170,000 per year, has announced that “liberal democracy” is in “crisis.” “Capitalism is a central part of the problem, so of course ultimately it is necessary to be anti-capitalist,” he has proclaimed. (RELATED: Capitalism-Hating Marxist Professor Rakes In $170,000 Per Year At U. Wisconsin)
And who could forget former University of Wisconsin-Madison sociology professor Sara Goldrick-Rab? In 2015, she randomly stalked and harassed incoming freshman students at the public school because they still wanted to attend despite a change in the state’s professor tenure law Goldrick-Rab did not like. (RELATED: HERE ARE THE TWEETS The Wisconsin Professor Sent To Random Freshmen After Comparing Scott Walker To Hitler)