LAST CALL: CO collegians use a colorful stunt to battle defamation

For years, Native Americans have protested against athletic teams that employ monikers like Redskins or Braves. A group of college students recently found another way to raise that issue: by battling the controversial nicknames with one of their own.

For years, Native Americans have protested against athletic teams that employ monikers like Redskins or Braves. A group of college students recently found another way to raise that issue: by battling the controversial nicknames with one of their own.

While considering designations for their intramural basketball team, a group of Native American, Hispanic, and Caucasian students at the University of Northern Colorado chose one that could simultaneously take a swipe at a high school in Eaton, CO, which was refusing to retire its Fightin' Reds in favor of a less inflammatory mascot.

The Fightin' Whites, as the players decided to call themselves, drew up an equally catchy logo: a white businessman clad in a suit and tie.

The team then began selling T-shirts emblazoned with their slogan, "Every thang's gonna be all white."

The Whites grabbed headlines in several major newspapers and have earned airtime on CNN. There's been no word on whether Ted Turner has offered the team financial backing.

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