Now that Congress has balanced the budget and reduced unemployment to 3%*, it can finally get back to the frivolous nonsense that it does best. Case in point: 10 members have sent a letter to the NFL demanding that the Washington Redskins change their name. Per National Journal:
We are writing to urge you to take a stand against the use of the word “redskin” as the Washington franchise’s name. For decades now, Native American leaders and organizations have been advocating an end to the use of “redskin” as the organization’s brand because it is derogatory, demeaning, and offensive.
I understand “redskin” is a somewhat loaded word, but I never understood how the Kansas City Chiefs escape this sort of scrutiny. At any rate, Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen called the team name a “non-issue” and team owner Dan Snyder said, “We’ll never change the name. It’s that simple. NEVER — you can use all caps.”
But frankly, I don’t see why not. As long as we’re hurtling headlong into a sterilized, politically correct future, we may as well start modernizing all the NFL team names. The Dallas Cowpeople, the Cleveland African Americans, the New Orleans Liberation Theologists, the New York Drones, the Pittsburgh United Steelworkers Local 10821…there’s plenty of room for improvement.
If this sounds familiar, you might remember the controversy over the Florida State Seminoles that bubbled over in 2005. The Seminole Tribe of Florida had long approved the use of FSU’s team name, but that wasn’t good enough for an activist with the Seminole Tribe of Oklahoma hundreds of miles away, who filed a complaint with the NCAA. The Seminoles were later allowed to keep their name.
Ironically, the Redskins were named in tribute of an Indian—former NFL coach and player William Henry “Lone Star” Dietz (though his heritage has been called into question).
But whether they’re the Washington Redskins or the Washington Native Americans, their primary concern right now is the condition of quarterback Robert Griffin III. His knee injury could cause some problems when they play my hometeam, the New England Racist, Sexist, Homophobic Teabaggers.
* This never actually happened.
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