Daniel Boone-Like Mascot for Denver College Deemed Offensive by Administration

Perry Chiaramonte, Fox News, August 20, 2013

Is a cartoon-like college mascot reminiscent of Daniel Boone–right down to the legendary coonskin cap–racist, sexist or otherwise offensive?

Officials at the University of Denver seem to think so. They’ve announced they won’t reinstate “Denver Boone,” who was retired in 1998 as mascot for the UD Pioneers, despite calls to bring him back.

Boone originally had been replaced by a red-tailed hawk named “Ruckus” but the bird never soared high with the student body and was scrapped in 2007, leaving the school without a mascot. Fast forward and the school decided to put together a committee last spring to determine the new mascot, but Boone was not even considered.

“Boone was a polarizing figure that did not reflect the growing diversity of the UD community, but rather was an image that many women, persons of color, international students and faculty members found difficult to relate to as defining the pioneering spirit,” Chancellor Robert Coombe said in a March letter to the school community.


The image of  Denver Boone was originally designed by a Walt Disney artist and named by a UD student back in 1968 .

The cartoony figure, which sports a scruffy beard and a raccoon skin cap, is reminiscent of the Daniel Boone character from the 1950s TV show based on the real-life pioneer.

Boone was a legend of early American history and the archetypal hero of the American Western Frontier.

Later, his image and legend fell victim to revisionist history as he became associated with the forceful displacement of Native Americans from their land.



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  • Eagle_Eyed

    What’s odd is that some mascots are offensive apparently because they are demeaning to the people they represent (Redskins, Indians, etc.) whereas other mascots are offensive because they are too uplifting to certain groups/people (white Pioneers like Boone, Col. Reb. of Ole Miss lore).

    The idiocy of liberals never ceases to amaze.

    • sbuffalonative

      Unlike thin-skin minorities (though more likely race baiters), white people are proud of their skin and their history.
      We have the Vikings and the Fightin Irish. Whites would whoop it up if they had a team called the Rednecks. Whites would run with it. Or who about the The Barbarians. Better yet, The Slave Masters. Those are all team names whites could stand behind.

      • Tacitus1

        It all comes down to high self esteem over who we are. People of low self esteem often seek out a scapegoat for such insecurities.

      • There was a short story about combat football in “The Star Spangled Future” in which regional football teams are replaced with social and ethnic ones.

        I forget who wrote it.

      • Erasmus

        If you’d achieved as “much” as Africans or Latinos had culturally, scientifically and historically, you’d be pretty miserable, also. An objective examination of their cultures’ achievements makes you realize that they have almost nothing to feel proud about.

        Because it’s impossible to give them racial pride through objective analysis of what their people have achieved, the next “best” thing is to tear YT down. European Americans, Indians and East Asians all have comparatively great cultures of which they can be proud. Blacks and Latinos do not.

        Since it’s close to impossible to lift Pablo and D’Looshus up, it’s so much easier to tear Bill, Katherine, Yasuhiro and Jagdish down

  • Brian

    Who will they find to represent the ‘pioneering spirit’? Some wetback crossing the Rio Grande?

    • APaige

      He could be dressed in donated clothes, pushing a lawnmower. No wait that will offend blacks by showing a non-white working.

      • sbuffalonative

        Dressing him in a rainbow print and implying he might be gay. That might make him acceptable.

  • ANY white mascot will be deemed offensive. The Notre Dame Mascot is next.
    Want to bet on it?

    • Conrad

      How dare you defend the idea of the ‘Fighting Irish’. You MUST be a Nazi that wants to kill 6 million Jews.

    • Notre Dame is strange with it’s Irish mascot: The school was founded by Father Edward Sorin, CSC, who was also its first president, and even today many Holy Cross priests serve the school—most notably the president of the university.

      The Congregation of Holy Cross or Congregatio a Sancta Cruce (C.S.C.) is a Catholic congregation of priests and brothers founded in 1837 by Blessed Father Basil Anthony-Marie Moreau, CSC, in Le Mans, France.

      Tint that fighter’s skin and just call them the “Fightin’ Muzzies”, because that is the direction France is headed in.

    • Tacitus1

      Oh yes, the problems of Northern Ireland. NO…wait…that’s white on white…never mind.

  • cecilhenry

    Perfect example of genocide by destroying and eliminating the symbols of a racial group.

    This all needs to be accounted for.

  • Spartacus

    “Boone was a legend of early American history and the archetypal hero of the American Western Frontier.”


    Hence why he can’t represent “diversity” . Because good things aren’t “diverse”, they’re white, and the dark-skins know this deep down, even if they’ll never admit it.

    • So CAL Snowman

      I think it’s the exact opposite my friend, diversity amongst White people is our greatest strength. Look at the White race; we have hazel eyes, blue eyes, green eyes, light brown eyes, dark brown eyes, grey eyes, blonde hair, brown hair, black hair, red hair, porcelain skin, olive skin, white skin, fair skin, etc. Now THAT’S diversity! The other races (for the most part) come in a variation of brown or black skin with dark brown eyes and black hair – not very diverse at all. Diversity is a term that has been turned on its head to mean anything not White, when in reality the White race is the most diverse and beautiful race on the planet. WHITE diversity and diverse White European cultures informed the two greatest civilizations in human history, the USA and Rome.

      • Spartacus

        I know, hence why I said “diversity” .

      • borogirl54

        African Americans are diverse as well. They go from blue black to like white. From kinky hair to straight hair and blue eyes. Remember, the criteria for a slave was one drop of black blood. There were those slaves who had as little as 1/64 black ancestry.

        • Spartacus

          Those are mongrels, they don’t look like that naturally .

  • ncpride

    Spineless, cowardly tools if there ever was. No wonder we are in such bad shape as a race.

  • borogirl54

    What is wrong with Daniel Boone? When I was a kid, there was a tv show about him. I remember every kid wanted a coonskin cap like he had.

  • MekongDelta69

    Wait, wait, wait – I know why it’s ‘offensive’ to the ‘perpetually oppressed.’

    He’s wearing a coonskin cap…

    *drum roll*
    “Thank you ladies and germs. I just flew in from Cleveland, and boy are my arms tired.”
    “I’ll be here in the Lizard Lounge all week long for your dining and dancing pleasure.”

    • Conrad

      HA HA HA. I love a good sense of humor.

      Now, shut up you racist cracker & take off that coonskin cap. I wonder where ol’ Dan’l got his coon skin?

      • Wethepeople

        His coonhound got it..from the source I imagine 😉

    • sbuffalonative

      Coon. That reminds me. James Edwards who was involved in the murder of Chris Lane has a facebook page.

      It’s: facebook com / blackcoon44.

      Interesting name considering Obama is our 44th President.

      Check it out and save a screen shot before it’s taken down.

    • mobilebay

      Thanks for the memories, MD69. I well remember when jokes were corny but clean. That was a time we’ll never see again in this country, nor will we ever see the proud America we once knew.

  • exLibtard

    Obviously, the mascot is racist, sexist, fascist, homophobic, Islamophobic, xenophobic, and everythingphobic!

  • [Guest]

    We’re starting to see more and more stories such as this because the other side won the culture wars and knows it. These sorts of things are part of the clean-up operations.

    • I hate to agree with you but . . .

    • Conrad

      Everyone will know the ‘clean up’ has officially started when they hear the staccato sound of the machine-guns, and see thousands of white bodies in the mass graves.

      • [Guest]

        The way I look at it is that the opposition conducted a wildly successful cold war of indoctrination and propaganda. It won without the use of machine-guns, the use of which might have awakened an army of complacent white people who’ve been busy earning their livings, raising their families, and keeping themselves entertained with sports and television.

        That they’re down to killing off a school mascot because it represents the archetypal American hero shows that they know they’ve won. They’re doing the detail work now.

        That’s the way I see it.

        • Conrad

          You are right about the Psychological wars. But our enemies will not be happy stopping there.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    First they came for the Indian mascots, and I did not speak up because I was not Indian. Then they came for the “Crusader” mascots, and I did not speak up because I was not a Crusader. Now they are coming for the White mascots, and there is nobody left to speak up for me!

    • They came for the “Indian” mascots because there were no black mascots.

      It is a “take from others because we don’t have” thing that is jealousy based.

  • NeanderthalDNA

    Officials at the University of Denver seem to think so. They’ve announced they won’t reinstate “Denver Boone,” who was retired in 1998 as mascot for the UD Pioneers, despite calls to bring him back.

    Boone originally had been replaced by a red-tailed hawk named “Ruckus” but the bird never soared high with the student body and was scrapped in 2007, leaving the school without a mascot.


    Ruckus? I’d LOVE a mascot named “Ruckus”…HA HA!

    • What they want is a mascot named Rufus, “Uncle Rufus”. He’s got a pimped out 94 Caddy, a can of Steel Reserve, and an acrylic cane with a brass handle.

  • APaige

    There really is no need for a mascot, but if you have to have one it should at least represent the school’s team name. Just have an generic “Pioneer.” But on second thought, usually groups complain that they ARE represented by a mascot, and it is offensive that they are NOT a mascot. Lets just be honest, I can hear the announcer saying: “Ladies and Gentlemen please welcome to the field your University of Denver “people who traveled the ocean conquered a land and people, and built a civilization in which everyone else wants to live in, traveled to the moon and back, cured diseases, created mass communication…and sorry if that offends groups that have achieved…nothing. That’s it…called them the University of Denver Nothings in honor of non-white people.

  • din_do_nuffins

    St. MLK is a uniting figure with whom you must identify, or else you will be criminalized for White privilege denial and hate crimes against human rights.

  • Conrad

    “The image of Denver Boone was originally designed by a Walt Disney artist and named by a UD student back in 1968.”

    So, in 1968 we Americans had an identity – but now we are not allowed to. That’s only 45 years ago.

    • Sick of it

      No need for such consideration, as they own that generation’s children and grandchildren. Own isn’t such a strong word when said people appear to have a slave mentality.

  • I have been watching the “Daniel Boone” show lately. His best friend is an Indian. He loves every black he meets. The TV show was pure liberal propaganda.

    • Skip Wellington

      “Best Friend”
      uh huh.
      wink wink

    • Harry

      In 1787, the real Daniel Boone actually owned seven slaves.

  • borogirl54

    Not true. I grew up in Hawaii and every kid there wanted a Daniel Boone coonskin cap like kids everywhere else.

    • One of my friends 30 years ago made himself a Daniel Boone-style hat out of a cat pelt: orange striped tabby. The long, skinny tail was disconcerting.

  • John Ulfsson

    Have we already surrendered the country to non-white immigrants?

  • MBlanc46

    Better that some Kentucky institution have Boone as a mascot, I should think. I’m too busy fighting for Chief Illiniwek here in Illinois to have any extra effort for a Denver issue, but, jeez people, lighten up, it’s a sports team mascot not a concentration camp.

  • bigone4u

    I put up with university administrators for 30 years. I hate them all. May they all choke to death on their diversity.

  • IstvanIN

    The Pioneers were white. It was white men who primarily settled the west. Yes, their were white women, but the men were generally the first and largest group. None the less this is nothing more than the conquerors wiping out the symbols of the vanquished.

  • IKantunderstand

    Nice. Very masterful. Keep it up. After you are done deciding who the heroes and the icons of American history will be, I’m guessing that the only White to make the multi culti bs cut will be:John Brown. That’s it. A delusional, psychotic White man. This is bull sh–. White people, why are we allowing this to happen? They are destroying our culture, our history, our neighborhoods. We Whites fought through the plagues, we fought against unfair servitude, we fought for every thing we have! There was no affirmative action in the middle ages, there was NO WELFARE! We Whites have done nothing but fight for our rights all along our history. Now, when we Whites, finally founded a country based on our principles of freedom and liberty, other forces have come along, to kick our White butts back into servitude. We, in fact, are the only race of people in the history of the world, who have been nothing but serfs, most of our existence. They may call us “taxpayers”, but, that is just the modern term for serf.

  • John Ulfsson

    Not that far off, demonizing the founding fathers because they were “racist” is pretty common rhetoric among leftists.

  • WR_the_realist

    Somehow black male and Latina female role models are never deemed offensive.

    It’s hard to believe that only 50 years ago our children were taught about Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone, not to mention George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, as positive role models. What was mainstream then is now deemed extremist white supremacism. Tell me again just what those benefits are to whites of diversity?

    • Harry

      The real Daniel Boone did not wear a raccoon skin cap. He wore a wide brim hat that Quakers like himself, at that time wore. The Fess Parker-Daniel Boone TV that ran from 1964 to 1970, was so filled with historical inaccuracies that it was condemned by the Kentucky state legislature.

      During the 1820s and 1830s, and up until when he said “You can all go to hell and I will go to Texas”, David Crockett was either serving in the Tennessee legislature or the United States Congress. At that same time the real “kings of the wild frontier” were mountain men like Jim Bridger, Jedediah Smith, Kit Carson, and Hugh Glass, who were trapping and exploring the vast unknown wilderness of when the west was really wild, in the true sense of the word. By the time just after the Civil War, when most Hollywood westerns take place, the west was thoroughly settled country.

      Therefore, I am sorry to disappoint all of you who grew in the 1950s with the Davy Crockett craze. But compared to the mountain men like Jim Bridger, Kit Carson, Hugh Glass, and Tom Fitzpatrick, the real David Crockett was a city slicker!

  • Strangely, I once imagined I didn’t need any more reasons to hate Denver.

    • dd121

      I don’t remember this story being reported locally, have you? Not in the Post, not on local TV.

  • Frank

    I am a DU Law graduate, 1981, and I can see that the liberals are now completely in charge. Looking for a college to attend? Look elsewhere.

  • Aaron997

    But… I thought white people were “bland.” Wouldn’t that make them easiest for everyone to identify with?