The owners of the Vikings must face the paternalism and audacity of "White Privilege" that the mascot, Ragnar, projects. In this age of raising awareness and promoting diversity how can the Vikings in good conscious retain Ragnar as their mascot, nay our mascot?!
Ragnar was part of a marauding band of conquerors who used force rather than conflict resolution to settle differences with others. War is not the answer, need I say more? His flimsy helmet with its horns made from a slain animal could not have protected him and his comrades adequately enough from the risks of concussions. Ragnar was married three times and not one of those marriages was to another man. Lastly and most obvious of all is his white skin and blonde hair, hardly a promotion of diversity.
The future belongs to fighting global warming. Houston had the outdated and dirty mascot the Oilers; we should instead be the Minnesota Windmills. A windmill on top of a biodiesel plant with a rainbow in the background would be more acceptable. The most important message that we must teach to the youth of today is how virtuous it is to conform to the fascistic dictates of political correctness … .
(Rick Dow is a former Havre city councilman.)