Update 1: A member of the SGA notified me that FSU News had some inaccurate information. The Senate has the opinion that headdresses should be banned and that we recommend the administration to take action. So now the ball is in FSU’s court.
For years, Florida State fans have donned Native American headdresses to games to show their support for the Seminoles. In fact, in 2005, FSU and Seminole Tribe of Florida came to an agreement that the school could use the Seminole name, logos, and images.
Well, the headdress wearing is coming to an end, as we all knew it eventually would, thanks to the Student Government Association at FSU. On April 20th, they voted to ban all headdresses from being worn in any athletic arena.
From FSU News:
Resolution 15, as described in a document obtained by the FSView, states that “the wearing of any Native American headdresses shall no longer be permitted into athletic arenas at FSU.”
The resolution was voted yes by 27 members, no by four and five abstained.
Okay, I get where they are going with this. The headdresses that fans typically don are not the ones that the Seminole tribe historically wears, so the fans are not portraying them correctly. Yes, it’s nice in theory to stop wearing them altogether, but this ruling does infringe upon the First Amendment rights of FSU students. There is no law in America that limits a person’s choice in attire, so why should there be one on FSU’s campus? Besides, what if an actual member of the Seminole tribe wanted to wear a headdress to the game?
Get it together, FSU..
[via FSU News]
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