Notre Dame is represented by the Fighting Irish, Minnesota’s NFL team by the Vikings, other teams by the Trojans or Spartans. The idea that certain groups should be off-limits is very modern.Bobcats School Sports Fan Team Spirit Mascot Gift Bleached T-Shirt If there was widespread misunderstandings about the Irish, then it would also rightfully be criticized. In fact many Irish mascot associations didn’t survive the 90s period where Protestant-Catholic fighting was at a high. McDonald’s had a racist Irish character to sell Shamrock shakes alongside Grimace that they choose to kill because of the problematic associations.
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Being in my 30’s I think puts me in a unique situation among other ages because for me I grew up with all the “everyone is equal” stuff before it became “some people are more equal than others”. When I was a kid everyone knew that stereotypes were not accurate for every individual person and that generalizations were just generalizations, Bobcats School Sports Fan Team Spirit Mascot Gift Bleached T-Shirt not specific statements about specific people.