In the midst of all the controversy surrounding Native American mascots and their use for team-oriented sports, here’s a whopper of a story. A recent report indicates Cody Albrecht, a Blackhawks fan and student at Bethel Universtiy, recently issued a formal apology to his class, and professor, after choosing to wear an official Blackhawks jersey to class.
The class titled “Social Perspectives, Human Worth and Social Action,” is an exploration of culture, power and oppression in America according to the course description. The instructor of the course, James Jacobs is apparently Native American.
Jacobs took his frustration to Facebook after Albrecht reportedly offered to turn the jersey inside out during class while sensing growing hostility in the room.
“So your college professor is a Native American. A Native American who has spoken multiple times about the offensiveness of Indian Mascots. Yet you come to class with an Indian mascot sprawled across your shirt… Bold move sir.”
The post has since been deleted.
A week later, Albrecht issued a formal apology, after meeting with the Social Work department, to the class and Professor Jacobs. He reportedly declined to comment on the incident citing “the reconciliation that has been done” between himself, the professor and the class according to The College Fix.
The coverage of this story has led to mixed emotions from the students at the school. One of them reportedly called it “public shaming” and others questioned if the report was actually real due to the exotic nature of the story.
The spotlight on Native American logos in professional sports has revolved around the “racist” nature of the illustrations and names. The Chicago Blackhawks logo was originally created in 1926 and featured the head of a Native American from the very beginning.
What has changed? Now that the official logo has been around for roughly 100 years, it sounds like a perfect time to become offended with it. (insert joke here)
The actual Blackhawks name is derived from a military unit anyway.
In all seriousness, if it’s offensive to the majority of Native Americans then the Blackhawks should do something about it. If not, then students shouldn’t be forced to issue public apologies for wearing the jerseys of their favorite team.
Shame on you Professor Jacobs.