Is the term “Indian run” offensive?
Master Chief Engineman (SW) Christopher Gary, an equal opportunity adviser at the Naval Academy, thinks so and he’s sent an email urging officers and chiefs at the academy to consider changing the name of the exercise, The Washington Free Beacon reported.
An Indian run involves midshipmen running in a single file line while the last person in line sprints to the front, which is repeated for the duration of the exercise.
“The term ‘Indian Run’ is used … at various levels here at the Academy, and it is widely used among the public,” Gary wrote in the May 14 email. “I hope all can already see the problem with this, but let me be clear, this is a form of stereotyping.”
According to The Washington Free Beacon, Gary said that he received 52 emails in response, many of which suggested alternative names such as back-to-front sprints, leap frogs or squad sprints.
Others replied to him and accused him of being the “PC police,” The Washington Free Beacon reported.
What do you think? Does Gary have a good point, or is his suggestion too PC?