Emily, I am from Tallahasee and have lived here my entire life. I was raised on Seminole football and have always had a love for FSU starting back when I was 6 years old. My dream as a child was to oneday attend FSU and become a "Seminole." Well, I made a lot of mistakes and experienced a lot of failure at the hands of my own decision-making. But, I never quit and got back up each time I fell down. I just recently completed T.C.C and finally at 34 I regeistered as a junior at FSU on 8/8/05. There were times during the orientation I became teary eyed, because I knew I had finally made it.
After reading your post and the comments of T.K I realize my life-story is somewhat similar to the history of the Native Seminoles of Florida.
I guess my point is our name and our mascott, for I am sure many of us, have from this situation been reminded that they truly symbolize a spirit of courage and conviction to fight for what you believe in no matter how much adversity you experience.
And like you it disgusts me that ignorance threatens to take it away.
The Spirit of the Florida Seminole Tribe is truly a inspiration!