NON-RACIST MASCOTS CAN BE RACIST, TOO

01.14.08 10 years ago 24 Comments

Officials at the University of Colorado have apologized for the racially insensitive actions of their mascot, which freelanced at a Denver Nuggets game without alerting the school that it would be dressed up as a racist caricature of a gangster.

The incident happened when Chip, CU's costumed buffalo mascot, showed up Friday at the Pepsi Center in Denver for a "kid's night" Nuggets basketball game dressed in "gangster-themed" attire. The fuzzy, cartoon-like buffalo replaced his trademark CU clothing with a white T-shirt and baggy pants, a do-rag and fake gold teeth. The costume also had a graphic of a teardrop tattoo below one eye…

"It was, basically, every stereotypical thing you could think of," CU spokesman Bronson Hilliard said.

Oh no.  That's not even close to every stereotypical thing I can think of.  It's not like Chip was selling drugs or waving a piece of fried chicken around or making my parents lock the car doors at a stoplight.

Still, you'd think that bison, given their history of persecution and near-genocide, would be a little more sensitive to this sort of thing.  I expect this sort of thing from Chief Illiniwek, but not Chip.  Not Chip.  [/breaks down sobbing]

(thanks to Agent Steinz for the tip) 

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