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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.

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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."

To read the article follow the link below:
http://www.thestate.com/2010/12/28/1621943/fsus-seminole-imagery-is-racist.html


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