Political Correctness run amuck..?

skins helmutEvery now and then when something gets overly obvious such as political correctness we feel the need to put in our two cents into the mix. The following story is just a sample of the odd rhetoric that has been flying around. Then upon reflection we ask that if you feel there is too much of this rabid excrement going on.

Many in the media are not comfortable with the ongoing use of the name “Redskins.” Peter King of The Monday Morning Quarter Back.com and NBC’s Football Night in America has

We are sure that by referring to their team as Redskins genuinely meant honor.

We are sure that by referring to their team as Redskins genuinely meant honor.

decided to do something about it.

He has stopped using it. Good for him or whatever…

King, who told Pro Football Talk (PFT) when word first emerged of the possibility more than a week ago that no final decision had been made, explained his position in a Friday column looking ahead to the coming weekend.

“The simple reason is that for the last two or three years, I’ve been uneasy when I sat down to write about the team and had to use the nickname,” King writes. “In some stories I’ve tried to use it sparingly. But this year, I decided to stop entirely because it offends too many people, and I do not want to add to the offensiveness. Some people, and some Native American organizations — such as the highly respected American Indian Movement — think the nickname is a slur. Obviously, the team feels it is not a slur, and there are several prominent Native American leaders who agree. But I can do my job without using it, and I will.”

skinscheergirlMany will agree with King’s decision. Many will disagree with it. In my own personal view, the name when stripped from the team it represents should be regarded in modern times as offensive. Though PFT will (for now) continue to use the word as long as the team goes by that name, I’m confident that, at some point within the next 50 years, the name will change. Then, the debate as to whether the name should have been changed will linger for another 50 years.

Come 2113, the people populating the United States of America (or whatever we will be called then) will be amazed that, in 2013, that name was still in place. My primary goal is to live for as many of the next 100 years as possible. My secondary goal is to ensure that my great-great-great-grandchildren will realize when they go to Google (or whatever it will be called then) that I did not support it. And that I had a decent toupee.

Interestingly for us where the amount of comments this article received; moreover, the very first comment espoused “Jesus the amount of PC going on in this country is getting ridiculous! “I also find the name “Washington” offensive! Please stop using it!” And finally, “It is just a matter of time before they come after the Saints nickname. [We] can’t have any religious references. God forbid.”

Here we go, white crackers and all.

Here we go, white crackers and all.

 

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2 Responses to Political Correctness run amuck..?

  1. Hi. I’m not clear on your position. Are you saying you don’t support the name or you don’t support the name change?

    • Jon-Paul says:

      Hey Jonathan, sorry about that! I think it’s safe to say that my endorsement really lies along the last paragraph.It seems as though anything that brushes anyone the wrong way, it’s time for political correctness. I really don’t have a huge position after reading the history of the name. I believe the name is along the spectrum of honor, gratitude, and respect for the mightiness of the warrior tribes member. Also one day I hope to share with our audience how paints from various plants species helped in constructing an identity predicated upon behavior. Most of all however, recorded history from the 1600s supports the notion that tribal members actually helped settlers and colonists with aloe mixed with the rich red soil to ease the pain from sunburn.

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