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PC Run Amok Again: The Washington Redskins

Even the President got in on this one, momentarily setting aside shooting hoops and playing golf and other incidental sports such as sparring with the Tea Party and kowtowing to the Moslem Brotherhood.

Obama is quoted in an AP article as saying that the name is offensive to a “sizable group of people.” That’s kind the way I feel when I, as a veteran, am called a “terrorist.” I guess it is politically correct to call me a terrorist, but not to call the football team the Redskins.

Imagine what shame and embarrassment was engendered in the old days when the Washington baseball team was called the Senators.

But the President’s not the only one.

None other than that erudite social critic, Bob Costas, donned his “serious face” during the Sunday night game and excoriated the Redskin owners and fans for refusing to change the 80 year old name. Costas readily admitted that he did not think that neither the owners nor the fans meant to give any offense, but in fact the name was “an insult, a slur, no matter how benign the present day intent.” Coasts also admits that a great majority of Native Americans have no objection to the team’s name.

redskins_delightfulchums-e1361597481527I believe that the whole controversy could be handled to everyone’s satisfaction caused by such an evil nickname could be eradicated if the Washington management would make one little change. The new name should be “The Capital Redskins.”

No doubt that getting rid of the word “Washington” would save a lot of embarrassment.

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Harry Livermore

Harry Livermore spent a lifetime teaching English in high schools and junior colleges in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Georgia. He now writes for and is editor of the Valdosta Magazine. Harry and his wife Janice live in Valdosta, GA. They are members of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Valdosta. Harry has two sons, six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren who live in Georgia, Oklahoma, and Texas.

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