The Washington Redskins are no longer the Washington Redskins. Well, at least according to the Washington City Paper. The paper has rekindled the debate about political correctness and has decided after decades, the name Redskins is offensive and conducted an online poll to find a new team name. The readers of the City Paper decided on the Washington Pigskins.
Can we simply get over this crap already? The City Paper wrote an editorial illustrating that they find it inconceivable that the Redskins should be called the Redskins even though opposition in Native American circles appears to be split over the issue. The Kansas City Star newspaper has long boycotted the use of referring to the Redskins by their team name, ironic as their home NFL team is named the Chiefs.
This is simply political correctness go awry. Where does this stop? Let’s rename the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, that might offend pirates. The Cincinnati Reds might offend communists. Why aren’t Native Americans asking for the Dallas Cowboys to be renamed as cowboys were the adversaries of Indians.
I remember the protests in the 1990’s of the Florida State Seminoles and the Atlanta Braves with the fans use of the Tomahawk Chop. Protests be damned, the chop still frequents both stadiums.Then there were the protests over the Cleveland Indians and the use of their logo, Wahoo Willie.
The City Paper of course has a history with the Washington Redskins, they published The Cranky Fan’s Guide to Dan Snyder, an article which led to the Redskins’ owner filing a lawsuit against the paper. The paper could have been pulling off an elaborate publicity stunt, and if so, they did receive a lot of unnecessary attention.
Perhaps the paper could have suggested the Redskins take a page out of DC sports franchise history and recommend that the team be renamed the Senators. Then again, that would be offensive to fans who are unhappy with Congress.
Seriously, we have enough really serious issues facing this country. Stop wasting time on this drivel.
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