I’m not a politically correct kind of person, but I don’t know how anybody thinks that the name “Redskins” is not a vile slur.
If you think that the name is okay, maybe it’s because you never really thought about it. How would you feel if there was a team name that denigrated your race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, affliction, etc…? Your perception might change if one day, ESPN told us that the “Skins” would now be playing in the same conference as the Boston Micks or the San Diego Dagos. And I’m sure team owner, Daniel Snyder, who is Jewish (and adamant about the fact that the Redskins name will never change), might have a change of heart if an NFL team were named the New York Kikes. I could go on but I think you get the point.
There is no group—bar none—that has been more disrespected and denied more dignity than Native Americans. How disrespected? They can’t even reap the fruits of our politically correct society. They just don’t have the political clout to force the name’s relegation to the historical trash bin where it belongs.
And of course, the silver-spooned, thin-skinned NFL commissioner Roger Goodell recently made a stand in favor of keeping that hideous name, effectively paying homage not only to the name itself, but to the tradition of an NFL team that was the very last to integrate. It often takes courage to do the right thing. But Goodell, a mere puppet for the owners, took the cowards way out when he could have instead, been Branch Rickey’s reincarnation.
Shame on you, Roger. But shame on us—the football watching public, too, because we continue to watch the the NFL and patronize its sponsors at record rates. If we didn’t, that racist moniker would change faster than Derek Jeter changes girlfriends. There is simply no place in this society, least of all the nation’s capital, for a team named “Redskins.”