While not much has been said about cancel culture over the past few months, it appears to have made headlines once again when a new poll by Quality Logo Products Blog found that Notre Dame, nicknamed the Fighting Irish, has one of the most offensive mascots in America. Although shocking, the leprechaun mascot came in fourth, just behind San Diego State’s Aztec Warrior, Hawaii’s Vili the Warrior, Florida State’s Osceola and Renegade. And while some teams have started the process of changing their mascots, the Fighting Irish are doing just that – fighting. 

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Releasing a statement to the Indy Star on Monday, the school said, “It is worth noting … that there is no comparison between Notre Dame’s nickname and mascot and the Indian and warrior names (and) mascots used by other institutions such as the NFL team formerly known as the Redskins. None of these institutions were founded or named by Native Americans who sought to highlight their heritage by using names and symbols associated with their people. Our symbols stand as celebratory representations of a genuine Irish heritage at Notre Dame a heritage that we regard with respect, loyalty and affection.”

Notre Dame isn’t the first team to have its mascot attract the attention of cancel culture. Back in the summer of 2020, the Washington Football Team was practically forced to change its name from the Redskins. And the Cleveland Indians are also in talks to change their beloved name to the Guardians in the coming seasons. 

As for the NFL, both the Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Braves have drawn massive backlash for not changing their names. Claiming both teams make fun of Native Americans, the Chiefs did announce they would retire their prized horse, Warpaint. And the Braves, while not budging much, have encouraged fans to not use the famous tomahawk chop during the games.  

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For now, Notre Dame seems fixed on keeping the iconic mascot, but as history has shown time and time again, progression seems to win out. But hopefully, in this matter, history is honored and cherished instead of smeared and buried.