CHICAGO, May 10, 2013 — Most major American businesses have cowardly CEO’s who hire quisling public relations spokesweasels. They apologize, grovel, and retreat into a hole at the first whiff of trouble.
The Washington Redskins do not have that problem. Owner Daniel Snyder stated emphatically he will never change the name of his team. According to a USA Today story:
“‘We will never change the name of the team,’ Snyder told USA TODAY Sports this week. ‘As a lifelong Redskins fan, and I think that the Redskins fans understand the great tradition and what it’s all about and what it means, so we feel pretty fortunate to be just working on next season.’
“What if his football team loses an ongoing federal trademark lawsuit? Would he consider changing it then?
“‘We’ll never change the name,’ he said. ‘It’s that simple. NEVER — you can use caps.’” (USA Today)
Never is a long long time. It is refreshing to see a real leader stand up to the ideologies of political correctness and multi-culturalism. It is inspiring to see courage challenging political palatability. Daniel Snyder is the model all CEO’s should emulate.
The Redskins are his team. He will not be forced to back down in the face of a few people whose tender sensitivities are offended. If only pathetic journalists were so brave.
The controversy started in 1992, when a group of Native Americans filed to have federal trademark protection of the Redskin name lifted under a statute that bans the use of disparaging names. After years of hearings and litigation, they lost under the legal tenet of laches.
The ruling claimed the plaintiffs waited too long to file suit. The name was originally trademarked in 1967. A new action has been filed by Navajo, Amanda Blackhorse, and is wending its way through the system.
“I personally believe that all use of Native-themed mascots and team names are inappropriate. I object to being lumped together with Bears, Lions and other wild animals and birds because that dehumanizes my people and me.” (Amanda Blackhorse/HUFFPO)
Gee, how does she think the Bears, Lions and other wild animals and birds feel about being lumped together with Cowboys and Indians? It de-animalizes them. Maybe PETA should weigh in on this.
Blackhorse added, “If you were to refer to a Native American, would you call him or her a ‘redskin?’ Of course not, just as you would not refer to an African-American as the n-word, or refer to Jew as a ‘kike’ or a Mexican as a ‘wet-back’ or an Asian-American as a ‘gook,’ unless you’re a racist.”
Evidently Blackhorse has never been to Chicago. We fondly and lovingly refer to each other that way, especially when we are in a saloon having friendly drinks together.
By the way, has Blackhorse ever considered changing her name? Naming people after animals could be considered animalism or animalphobia. Consider the tender sensitivities of noble horses being offended by lowly humans using their name. Out of respect for horses I will refer to Amanda Blackhorse as Ms. Black**se. I can be as ridiculous as anyone else.
Blackh**se and her coterie are throwing the terms racist and racism around like confetti. Racist and racism are used so often their definitions and meanings are becoming diluted and meaningless.
Then there is that problematic little thing called the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, which protects free speech and expression, even offensive disparaging speech and expression. Progressives, like Blackh**se have been trying to destroy the Constitution for years. This is just one more attempt.
It is time to put an end to political correctness, multi-culturalism, diversity, and political palatability. Drive a stake in their hearts. It is time for people of courage to stand up for what is right, like Daniel Snyder is doing. It is beyond time for people to stop being cowards. We are Americans. We shall not fear.
It is long past time that America separates itself from the elitists who would reduce us to sniveling cowards, too fearful to express ourselves, as in Great Britain. Great Britain is so politically correct people are arrested and prosecuted for offensive speech and expression. Is this what we want in America, to be a nation of Brit twits?
Blackh**se does not have to watch Washington Redskin games. She does not have to watch Cleveland Indian games, with their cartoonish toothy mascot either. She can also skip the Chicago Blackhawks run to the Stanley Cup. I just had to include that out of civic boosterism.
She and her ilk do not have to watch sports at all, buy sports memorabilia, or participate in any way, shape, or form. Better yet, she and her group of like-minded people could form their own sports league and teams. They could name the teams after plants, the sun, the moon, and the stars.
Daniel Snyder should be applauded for his courageous stance. Instead, the so-called august Washington Post is calling for his head. District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray is on record stating that he would oppose the team moving back to the Capital unless they change their name.
Some of our poltroon Congress critters introduced a bill condemning the name “Redskins” and attempting to forbid it being trademarked. Washington’s mayor and other elected officials, especially the congress critters, should be impeached or forced to resign for violating the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. They are a disgrace.
Maybe President Obama can weigh in on the controversy. He and the First Lady can visit an Indian reservation to commiserate with them. He could wear a headdress like his predecessors. The could have a peace beer summit. It would make a great photo opportunity. He could put Native Americans on Air Force One to go on a national victim sympathy tour to the nation’s Capital. It would not be the first time that was done.
With all the real problems this nation faces, including the disastrous economy, one would think there are more important issues than the name of a football team. One would think wrong.
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