Defiance, and resistance

Matthew Rothchild, Cambridge, Minn.

It appears that some just will not be denied the glory they think is due them in the wake of a hard-fought victory.

Public displays of support for the retired “Fighting Sioux” sports team name, “Sioux-per drunk” tee shirts, and a host of other things are coming under fire from opponents of the former team name who seek to banish further reference to the former team name. Despite this, we’ve seen expressions of support for the former team name-ranging from the crass and tasteless to the awe-inspiring-spontaneously and organically spring from the people in direct opposition to the contrived and artificial dictates handed down by the system about what is and isn’t “official.”

But such defiance and resistance in the face of the system’s dictates detracts from the glory sought by opponents of the former team name, so much so that they resort to demands of force and violence to bludgeon supporters of the former team name into submissive conformity with the system’s dictates.

When it comes to the dark, seedy underbelly of public affairs, the type where people, on a whim, will sell out their fellow man to be destroyed by the system, we needn’t look too far to find it. Some of it is in our own backyard.