Here we go again. Actually, it’s an ongoing effect by those who embrace political correctness to the point way beyond stupidity. The Washington Redskins professional football team has been pressured by people and organizations for years who feel the use of the name “Redskins” is derogatory, offensive, insensitive, racist, and whatever other label you want to throw at it. Now, the Democrats are stepping up the attack as well.
As reported in The Hill, Democrats in the House of Representatives have introduced a bill that would “prevent the term ‘Redskins’ from being trademarked.” Why, you ask? It’s simple. These Democrats want the Washington Redskins to drop the name.
The Non-Disparagement of American Indians in Trademark Registrations Act of 2013 is co-sponsored by Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), and comes days after a federal trademark panel heard arguments over whether the team name was a slur. The panel could potentially overturn the team’s trademark, which would erode profits by allowing other businesses to sell apparel and goods featuring the Redskins name.
Earlier this month, Norton said the team “should consider” a new name.
“Nobody would let a comparable name to blacks stand,” Norton said, adding that she thinks the team will eventually be forced to make a change.
Here’s the real problem. As noted in the story, there are “renewed calls in Washington politics and media for the team to change the name.” But notice, the sentence specifies “Washington politics and media.” Where’s the public outcry. Let’s listen… All I hear are crickets. That’s because this is NO outcry.
All of these PC efforts are just ridiculous. The story also points out that numerous high school teams use the Redskins name. And these are coming under attack too. But it’s not from local residents. It’s from legal groups and left-wing organizations who want to tell the public how to think, and force teams to change all under threat of lawsuit.
To see how ridiculous this has become, just look at the oped in The Washington Post. The headline reads, “The Redskins name is really valuable, and really offensive. Here’s how to fix it.” So, he says the name isn’t just offensive, but it’s “really” offensive. Wow… really? The only example the author cites is from another left-wing writer. That’s hardly a plethora of evidence.
If people want change, they will demand it. It’s as simple as that. Let the Washington Redskins be the Redskins. Let’s move on to something more important like the budget, the debt, taxes, jobs, national security, or a host of other issues that are actually important.