Saturday, September 6, 2014
As in go away!
Let me be blunt! The Washington Redskins need to change their nickname. It's clearly offensive and no amount of blather about tradition and heritage is going to change that simple and potent fact. It's an epithet, intended to diminish and define a race of people who are complex and have a long history full of all the human strengths and weaknesses.
And once the "Redskin" name is gone, then it's time for the Cleveland Indians to do likewise. While not quite as offensive as the Washington nickname, it's nonetheless demeaning.
And certainly Chief Wahoo doesn't help. His grinning mug has become an iconic symbol of jingoism, and again arguments about tradition and heritage don't change that simple fact.
And while we're at it, this one has to go too. I don't think "Irish" so much as the pugnacious parody of a an Irishman, which regrettably calls to mind the once intentionally provocative notions of drunkeness among that population.
I don't imagine the latter will change soon. Nor do I expect the Indians will actually change their name, though if they're smart they will dump Wahoo. But Dan Snyder needs to get his head out of his exceedingly rich ass and do something about the Washington club.
In interviews he seems not to understand the nature of the complaint. Adopting a feckless "nothing-to-see-here" attitude and bemoaning the fact that folks don't like the name. This is one case where it's not about political correctness, an attempt to minimize the complaint, but about actual clarity about what we will tolerate as free, but nevertheless polite speech.