So you’ve heard about the recent “controversy” engulfing the professional football team known as the Washington Redskins, have you? You’ve heard about a Native American group that is up in arms over the “racist” team name and are pouting and shouting and demanding change? Have you heard the one about the two US congressmen recently decided to send a “strongly worded letter” to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to change the name?
Oh and if he doesn’t, they’re threatening to have the NFL’s tax-exempt status removed.
Here’s my two cents for the Oneida Indian nation and the perma-offended progressives: Grow the eff up.
Here’s my two cents for the United States lawmakers who made “changing an NFL team name” a priority this week: How dare you.
To those whom I used my mom voice and told to get over it: Seriously, you need to stop. Stop being the whambulance and the offense police. DOES the term Redskin have a racist undertone or even, possibly, a racist history? Sure it does. But has someone called you, oh current American choosing to identify as a Native American, a redskin? Oh someone has? Slap them. (Alright don’t, that’s an assault charge waiting to happen.) Verbally slap that individual and tell him or her that you believe it’s a racist term, it’s inappropriate, and you will not be insulted.
But do NOT try to enact change on 75+ years of a beautiful, rich history of football-loving fans because you think you might be offended by a word you’ve likely never been called. The millions of Redskins fans that cheer for their team and don their Burgundy and Gold are doing so because they support their team. A freaking football team for crying out loud. They don’t pack Fed-Ex Field for home games and shout “Braves on the Warpath!” because they are a bunch of savages and enjoy hurling insults at people groups for the hell of it.
GROW THE EFF UP.
And to the lawmakers: How dare you. How dare you insult your constituents by prioritizing something so stinking trivial it makes my head spin, when there are hundreds of other pressing issues I’m SURE the voters in your home state would like to see addressed.
And how dare you push us toward a utopia where the littlest of complaints is deemed worthy of your congressional letterhead and a headline on a news story. How dare you cow tow to a minuscule group of overly sensitive babies at the risk of ignoring the true, non-offensive, sports-oriented spirit of the legions of fans and the modern-day Washington Redskins franchise.
Frankly, as a Redskins fan and a conservative, I’m offended that you’d make the assumption that I am incapable of separating the two and insist on pacifying the irrational complaints of a few at the expense of the many. I hate, absolutely HATE (with the same passion of seeing Tony Romo succeed), the precedent this sets. It’s disgusting. What’s next? How about the Atlanta Braves fans and their “chop” hand motion get a “cease and desist” letter of insensitivity? I’d say that’s pretty “savage” and violent wouldn’t you?
(Actually no, I wouldn’t say that because I’m not a pansy.)
This isn’t a situation in which a group is being unfairly discriminated against and the big guy has a moral obligation to stand up for the little guy. This is a pair of lawmakers who are scared to be on the “wrong side of history” when the name is eventually changed because political correctness is the most toxic piece of progressive crap I’ve ever heard of.
Perhaps I should conclude this piece with a comment made by Redskins official Tony Wyllie whose response to the letter by Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) and Congressman Tom Cole (D-Oklahoma) was such: “With all the important issues Congress has to deal with, such as a war in Afghanistan to deficits to health care, don’t they have more important issues to worry about than a football team’s name? And given the fact that the name of Oklahoma means ‘Red People’ in Choctaw, this request is a little ironic.”
Ouch. Bet that one turned them a little, “red.”