We all know that this one has been brewing for quite some time. Yet it only ends up on the national media when it is covered by those outlets that fall within the mainstream media. We find this a good example of a case study which should be well-known to journalists or those who have given their years in the realm of investigative journalism.
Of course at issue here is the name of an athletic team. Ladies and gentlemen what we are witnessing is the dregs of political correctness taken to its immeasurable point.
One day time willing we will take the this idea of athletic club names, the do’s and the don’ts, the favorable versus the unfavorable with of course the prominent voices of those experts in the fields – and to be sure give a realistic reason as to why these various clubs were named as they were or remain to this day.
However, today we bring forth the altruistic affect of political correctness and why when it rears its ugly head, and then we owe the inciters of such venom their just adieu and at the very least hear their commentary.
That precisely is what we have done today. Even after sports commentator, Robert Costas, made the upheaval of mistakes last year with his public (television mainstream media) commentary that went far beyond his professional circumstances.
Costas used his position as sportscaster turned politician, by exploiting his NBC halftime commentary slot to roll out a controversial rant about how “Handguns do not enhance our safety” shortly after the death of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, one might think the Lecture Series would be on hold. But on Sunday night, Costas offered another liberal rant with no rebuttal – against the term “Redskins.”
First we advocate that anyone from the POTUS to someone down on their luck and homeless to always present both sides to every conceivable debate topic. Instead with Costas as with so many other dweebs in their selective professions need to get their point across at the will and prejudice of the truth, which as we know is the hallmark of political correctness. So on to Costas’ rant:
COSTAS: “And the Miami of Ohio Redskins – that’s right, Redskins – are now the Redhawks. Still, the NFL franchise that represents the nation’s capital has maintained its name.*
But think for a moment about the term “Redskins,” and how it truly differs from all the others. Ask yourself what the equivalent would be if directed toward African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, or members of any other ethnic group. These others don’t exist.**
When considered that way, Redskins can’t possibly honor a heritage or a noble character trait. Nor can it possibly be considered a neutral term. It’s an insult, a slur, no matter how benign the present-day intent.***
It’s fair to say that for a long time now, and certainly in 2013, no offense has been intended. But if you take a step back, isn’t it easy to see how offense might legitimately be taken?****
We would like to address each of the points Costas has mentioned and after showing its fraudulent interaction and intent – we would like to set some matters straight.
*”Still the franchise that represents the nation’s capital has maintained its name.” This is simply not true and Bob Costas knows it. Especially in the NFL teams and organizations are far more aligned with the geographic area they represent such as: the Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay (WS) Packers, and a few more.
For example it was not long ago that Seattle held all major records regarding sales of it official NFL memorabilia; so many people say “Why”? Look at the competition – nowhere in the states of WA, OR, ID, WY, ND, SD, or MT do they have a professional NFL team therefore, for most fans align themselves with Seattle.
**With all due respect what if the name “Redskins” did not refer to any particular tribe or person whatsoever?
***Is very much like saying that oral tradition is dead. No story-telling, griots, or how brave some person can be.
Sorry Costas all one need to do is look up just a small amount of history to see why both NFL fans and members of the Native American community like and encourage the name. It is very much as I mentioned before, if there are sensitivities to the use of this or any other name the chances are most likely a masquerade of some sort of political correctness — meaning either a political perspective or it is about sensitive change.
The simple truth remains that the “tomahawk chop,” “Seminoles” at FSU, and just about everywhere there is a reference to honor…there will always be a reference to money. At least at the collegiate levels — it is well known that the university mentioned above willfully pays out big money in order to use these names. Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins should be expecting that from the mainstream media.