The heated debate over offensive sports team names and logos is apparently spilling over to golf courses.
While browsing the pro shop at Santa Cruz, Calif.’s Pasatiempo Golf Course, I overheard the pro shop clerk say there are plans to change its iconic logo (at right) because it’s racially insensitive.
I’m not sure how I feel about this, so I’d like your (respectful) opinion, please.
By the way, I’m not conflicted over team names like “Redskins,” which are documented racial slurs.
It’s that I don’t necessarily find the logos — the images themselves — offensive. In most cases, the subjects are depicted as strong and formidable. Hockey’s Chicago Blackhawks come to mind.
This is different in Pasatiempo’s case, of course, and I understand the history of the image and why it’s offensive to many people.
On the other hand, it’s not 1950 anymore.
When I look at this, I’m not exactly sure what comes to mind, but it isn’t a Mexican man sleeping because he’s being “lazy.”
If forced to that theme, I’d say it’s a Mexican man enjoying a well-earned rest because he’s been working so hard.
Still not perfect, I know, and my opinion is hardly the one that matters, but I’d rather see Pasatiempo send this far more positive message and attempt to preserve one of most unique golf course logos of all time.
What do you think? Is Pasatiempo Golf Course’s logo offensive? Should they keep it or change it? Any other golf logos fall into a similar category?
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