In the weird world of sports, getting upset about native-themed nicknames and logos is just so 2016 but fortunately, something new has come along to make Generation Snowflake blow a gasket — and it’s something known as the midget division.
According to a TSN report, Athletics Canada says it will pursue dropping the term “midget” as an age-category descriptor in such sports as hockey, football and baseball, following the lead of the Ontario Basketball Association, which is already planning doing likewise.
“The term [midget] has been used for decades in a variety of sports but many consider it to be a derogatory slur.”
But is that true? Maybe a few squeaky wheels find it problematic, but does anyone think teenagers playing a sport in the midget division are openly mocking dwarfism?
And what, pray tell, is the correct terminology for those born with such an affliction? One approved descriptor is “little people,” but is that term more dignified than midget?
Allan Redford, the director of the Dwarf Athletic Association of Canada and president of the Little People of Ontario, says midget is a slur that originates from the oppression and exploitation of people with dwarfism in freak shows going back to the mid-1800s.
Funny he should bring up freak shows, because it was an early version of social justice warrior-ism that killed it off. But it seems the do-gooders neglected to consult with those performers who, of their own free will, took part in circus sideshows and made a nice living to boot.
But they were “liberated” by having their place of employment shut-down and forced to rely on welfare and food stamps. Gee, thanks, guys...!
Perhaps one person’s definition of “degradation” is another person’s idea of gainful employment, but welcome to the philosophy embraced by progressives: If the person they’re “saving” is too dumb to be offended by their circumstances, well then, they’ll get offended for them!