Sports Columnist Calls FSU Racist

By: Amy Long Email
By: Amy Long Email

UPDATE 12/30 5:30pm

Accusations of a hotly contested debate over racism that's stealing the pre game action and have some yelling "Foul Play"

Steve Spurrier and his team are not the only ones taking on the Noles- South Carolina's "The State" sports columnist, Ron Morris is throwing out bold accusations just days before the Chic-Fil-A Bowl kick off.

Morris wrote in his article published Tuesday 12/28 "I find it particularly sad that a university of higher learning endorses such racist behavior as face-painting, war chants and flaming spears." The article puts him on a hot seat with many fans who indulge in the FSU traditions every time the team hits the grid iron.

Stephen Andon, a FSU Doctoral Candidate, introduces the controversial research to students so they can make up their own minds. "In academia it's saying these portrayals as symbolic as they are for our own identify, they miss the mark. and by doing that they really pigeon hole this ethnic group. And that's a problem"

Andon says he's never surprised to see students get emotional when talking about the subject.

Many FSU fans have written to "The State" editor demanding an apology from Morris--but so far, the paper is sticking by its story. When WCTV reached out to Morris for a comment he said "I'll let my column stand for me."

A spokesperson with the Seminole Indian tribe also declined to comment and put the ball in FSU's court.. who said they are proud to work so closely with the Seminole Indian tribe and use the name with their blessing and support.

The image of Osceola parading onto the football field to throw a flaming spear sparks pride in many Seminole fans and Alumni..

But Ron Morris with The State, a South Carolina news paper says FSU's Seminole imagery is racist and inaccurate.

The heavily commented on article ignited many fans when Morris wrote : "I find it particularly sad that a university of higher learning endorses such racist behavior as face-painting, war chants and flaming spears."

One fan, who wrote a letter to The State Editor asks for an apology says the racist accusations are, "down right ridiculous, obnoxious, offensive and flat out poorly researched."

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  • by burr on Jan 5, 2011 at 05:35 PM
    Finally someone speaks up about the most disgusting team in the country, FSU. You are all hypocrites. You preach racial sensitivity only when it happens to your own race. This blatant racism by FSU just shows the glaring double standards in this country that most people are too ignorant to see. People only care about racism if it's against their race, and only care about sexism when it's against their sex. Wake up and stop being a hypocrite... you either care about racism or you don't, an issue to issue basis is not an option. If this sort of thing was against anyone but Native Americans, there would be an uproar. My goodness, stop and use your brains for once (like GV for example; you are completely missing the point).
  • by GV Location: Ga on Jan 3, 2011 at 08:23 AM
    Native American said"Try learning from the real deal like myself instead of some painted little frat boy riding a horse holding a spear" and all I'm saying is that no one is going to the game to learn about indians,you bunch of sissies with hurt feelings.
  • by Native American aka Indian on Jan 2, 2011 at 03:50 AM
    Yep,your stupidity and lack of education keep shining through more with each post. We use the moniker Indian with pride just as we do Native American which is the politically correct term used today. Keep the psts coming so more people can see the ignorance that is sp prevalent with people like you.
  • by Navajo Location: Wyoming on Jan 1, 2011 at 08:25 PM
    This writer knows nothing about true native culture.
  • by yep Location: tally on Dec 31, 2010 at 04:07 PM
    To Native American, I have no idea who GV is. I do think that GV's comment was rather stupid. Seriously, how much does the war chant actually bother you? If the war chant really offends you personally you wouldn't have used the term "Indian tribe" you have used "Native American Tribe." I have nothing against Native Americans, I respect the traditions and the cultures. Think about this, if FSU used someone dressed up exactly like Chief Osceola and were not flashy at all how exciting would it be? How much would that pump up the crowd? With how it is now it's done with respect there no disrespect portrayed. Fight for a better cause.
  • by FSU Fan on Dec 31, 2010 at 11:01 AM
    Morris is an idiot, if FSU is guilty of any slanted behavior it's letting the football squad get arrested for stealing, drugs and public drunkenness and not doing anything about it.
  • by James on Dec 31, 2010 at 09:04 AM
    Morris is not a sportscaster obviously. He is no good at it, otherwise he would be "sportscasting." He is not a good activist either. He needs to get another type of degree too since he does not know how to use the one he has. What a loser; it is sad. He probably told his girlfriend, or boyfriend, to watch, and that he would be "IN THE NEWS." Headline: "Loser Morris In The News." That is just about all he has made a statement about by attacking the Seminoles who HAVE THE SEMINOLE TRIBE"S BLESSINGS ! Loser.
  • by GV IS SCUM on Dec 31, 2010 at 08:23 AM
    GV, Native American was right. You are a degenerate piece of garbage comparing the feelings of people to how an animal and a strong wind are portrayed. Go crawl back in the gutter you came out of.
  • by Native American on Dec 31, 2010 at 08:20 AM
    Wow yep,are you GV'S relative,definately from the same cross-bred gene pool. Where do you think they got the idea for the war chant? It's actually called the FSU Seminole war chant and last time I ckecked seminoles were an Indian Tribe. Your 5th grade education stands out. LOL
  • by Danielle Location: Tally on Dec 31, 2010 at 06:53 AM
    it would be racist and vulger if the Native American came out in an all jean outfit with with feathers in his hair wrestling an alligator and drunk as a skunk....thats racist. coming out in all his native glory showing indian pride and respect is not RACIST! it might be a little exploitive. def not racist! and im like 12% blackfoot indian and grew up a block from the the seminole rez in hollywood, florida. and i agree with everyone who said it...Shelly is an idiot who should not have access to a computer and needs to crack a book every now and again!!
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