Mannerisms and Language of Leadership
If anyone has not understood our perceptions on political correctness, here is a short and small rendition of how our national leadership is using their voices to encourage this phenomenon. Please remember it was I, in the beginning of the multi-part series that brought forth the notion that by changing a society’s language, not only are we changing that society, but also we are contributing to its demise.
President Obama weighed in on the controversy over the weekend, saying, “I’ve got to say that if I were the owner of the team and I knew that there was a name […] that was offending a sizable group of people, I’d think about changing it.”
The Oneida Indian Nation is now pressing the Washington Redskins to change their name, calling it a racial slur. This morning on America’s Newsroom, hosted by Bill Hemmer and Martha McCallum for Fox News
Jedediah Bila said, “The bottom line is you can’t cater to everyone’s sensitivities. Everyone could potentially be offended by anything that we say. And if we’re in a society now where you’re going to try to cater to everyone’s unique sensitivities, then we’re about to censor ourselves completely.”
“I think it goes to the heart of offense. I think whenever you have hurt someone, you acknowledge their pain, you apologize for their pain, you seek to amend their pain, and you try to end their pain. I don’t know why this is such a debate in 2013,” Santita Jackson countered.
And in true parlance of that family, (Reverend Jesse Jackson) she sure carried the “know-it-all” attitude that has made her other family members ridiculously unique. In Ms. Jackson’s instance we would have to assume that using the name “Redskins” the owner of the ball club intended it to be offensive. Furthermore, Ms Jackson uses words such as hurt, pain, apologize for their pain, amend and try to end that pain.
I think the Washington Redskins name represents the roots of America. Why would they be offended that a football team is reminding Americans of our heritage and who was here first? I am part Cherokee – and I am proud of my heritage. Early on in American history many riverboat captains noticed that during their time of transposing America’s mighty rivers and tributaries, on to the point of pushing their crafts into destinations that many of them spoke of how indigenous people would use aloe and soft mud to protect and preserve their skin during the hot and sweltering summer days. Then they taught the colonists how to prepare and use the early anti-sun lotion.
Apparently 90 percent or more Native Americans do not find the name offensive. If the name ever changes and I am voicing my objection to the Fighting Irish and the boxing leprechaun mascot- as an Irish American – I find this offensive.
The following is from a comment I read on one of the preparation sites gathering information for this article.
Furthermore, I find the Cowboys team name sexist, the Giants team name is offensive to big people, the Buccaneers’ mascot is a demeaning stereotype of gay pirates as are the Raiders, and the Browns is offensive to brown skinned people.
All of the teams with animals as mascots exploits animals and encourages public displays of the animals at events that make the animals sad. The 49ers mascot ignores the role of Chinese immigrants during the gold rush- the Vikings mascot is hurtful and demeaning to people of Norwegian decent that aren’t blond and blue eyed and do more than walk around with swords wearing animal skins- the Saints impose a religious notion that not all American’s embrace. This phony baloney outrage is stupid.