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The Philadelphia Flyers and New York Yankees choose virtue signalling over history
The Philadelphia Flyers and New York Yankees choose virtue signalling over history
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The Philadelphia Flyers and New York Yankees choose virtue signalling over history 

The decision of the Philadelphia Flyers organization to immolate Kate Smith from their history over the weekend shouldn’t surprise anybody who’s noticed the slow creep of the culture wars into the domain of sports. Earlier this year after the Mosque shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand, the Canterbury Crusaders rugby team mulled over changing their name to not offend New Zealand’s Muslim population.

In Canada, McGill University just recently changed the name of their sports teams, the Redmen, due to student pressure over its misuse in the past regarding Indigenous iconography (despite the fact the name originally referred to the Red school colours and Gaelic Red Hair). At least in the McGill case, students initiated a challenge and voted on the issue, although I’m sure the alumni would also have enjoyed a say.

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