Holy Cross Is Changing The Name Of Its Newspaper “The Crusader” Because The KKK Had Dibs First Even Though It’s Never Been A Problem Until Now
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Masslive: The student newspaper at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester is weighing changing its name after campus professors noted they have the same name as the official newspaper of the white supremacist group known as the Ku Klux Klan. In a letter sent to the student newspaper, The Crusader, 48 Holy Cross faculty members urged them to have the discussion in “response to the growing anti-Muslim tensions in our country, and to the fact that the Ku Klux Klan official newspaper shares the same name as our own.” The editors of the 92-year-old student newspaper responded in their own letter on Feb. 24, saying they “share the faculty’s concern” and want to “voice our solidarity.”
“We strive to serve as a vehicle for student opinion and as an avenue for student engagement and dialogue on campus,” they wrote. “Often, that dialogue involves difficult but necessary conversations. Today, the difficult conversation surrounds the use of our own moniker.” The student newspaper once had the name “Tomahawk,” which editors in 1955 changed to “Crusader.” The college’s athletics teams are called “the Crusaders.”
“We look forward to hearing a multitude of perspectives on this complex and multifaceted issue, and we hope that all members of the Holy Cross community will consider submitting their thoughts for publication,” the student editors wrote. “Questions of mission and identity have always been central to the intellectual tradition of the College, and we’d like to thank the above members of faculty for moving this discussion in an important and necessary direction.”
The college’s department chairmen began discussing it at a meeting last year, for instance, right after the KKK’s Crusader endorsed Republican candidate Donald Trump for the presidency. Some people on campus have had more general concerns about the word “Crusader” being used by right-leaning political groups in a way that had “racist overtones,” he added.
In a statement to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, the college said they are “committed” to a review and dive into the history of the term, “The Crusader.”
I’m so tired of hearing about the Ku Klux Klan. Ya know how many people are in the KKK according to the Southern Poverty Law Center? 5,000. That’s it. In a country of 340 million people, just 5,000 are in the KKK. That’s one out of about every 60,000 people. And that estimate is coming from a group whose sole purpose of existence revolves around exaggerating claims of racism in America.
So then why do we still give a shit about the KKK? What does the KKK even do anymore? Are they lynching black people? Are they having cross burnings in town square? Back before the Civil Rights Movement at least they served a purpose. They were terrible people who used fear and intimidation to keep black people from voting, thus keeping them locked in a system of perpetual inequality. That was back when you could just kill a kid like Emmett Till and face no consequences because black people weren’t allowed to serve on juries.
But now the KKK is nothing more than 5,000 losers of zero significance. So how many possible subscribers can their shitty newsletter even have? They don’t even have a freaking WEBSITE!!! Why the fuck does anyone care about a newsletter that has to be hand delivered to you by a paper boy????!!! It’s madness.
The KKK has existed since the 19th century, as has Holy Cross. The KKK has called their irrelevant periodical that no one reads “The Crusader” for much longer than Holy Cross has called their campus newspaper “The Crusader.” But the fact that they shared a name wasn’t a problem until now, because the language police are trying to ban words that have any sort of affiliation with an outdated group of white trash that has no real political or legal power?
Literally NO ONE has ever associated the KKK with Holy Cross. Until Donald Trump was elected President. Because that’s ultimately what his is all about. The Trump effect. If Hillary Clinton was President then this would not be an issue.
And let’s be honest, this has nothing to do with the KKK. It has everything to do with the fact the Crusades were a religious battle between Christians and Muslims a thousand years ago, and we have a President who is extremely good at preying off of people’s fears that most Muslims can’t be trusted. This isn’t about the KKK. It’s about the PC police once again trying to get rid of mascots that hurt people’s feelings. Because make no mistake about it – the mascot is next. It’s only a matter of time. You cannot give an inch to these people, because it’s never enough. Ever.
Here’s an idea for Holy Cross students and professors – take ownership of “The Crusader.” Make it great again. Why should YOU change the name of your newspaper because a group of 15 ragtags from Arkansas print a newsletter that no one reads? You’re Holy Cross. You produce Supreme Court Justices, award winning journalists, brilliant doctors, world class athletes, and members of congress. And what does the KKK produce? A newsletter that has less readership than the InCity Times. But yea, you guys are the ones who should change. Very brave of you.
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