Opinion: Find solution to 'Fighting Sioux' nick
"The Oct. 3 demonstration at the Alerus Center against Indian sports logos really was about the exercise of white privilege.

White privilege refers to the unearned benefits and opportunities that white individuals can access as a result of their race and that remain inaccessible to racial minorities. Examples include easier access to advanced schooling, health care and the ability to set social norms.

The costs of racism to whites can include irrational fear of people of other races, limited exposure to people of different races and cultures, guilt and shame. These costs are in no way comparable to the substantial political, economic and social costs that visible minorities face. Racism affects everyone in a negative way.

A good local example is the Indian sports logo at UND. No wonder the NCAA wants to do something about it. Racism is based on ignorance, and ignorance is based on fear. Having taken part in the protest against the Indian logos, I observed how few people came over to support an American Indian issue that gives UND a bad name."

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University of North Dakota - http://www.und.edu
The Ralph - http://www.theralph.com
Fighting Sioux - http://www.fightingsioux.com

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