Among those whose lives are ruled by the irrational demands of political correctness, the past several months have been dominated by one fabricated outrage in particular. Many leftists have exerted considerable time and effort in an as-yet futile effort to convince Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder to change the name of the legendary NFL team.
By trotting out a few select Native Americans willing to testify that the name offends them, the PC police are hoping to pressure the team to embrace a different moniker. With little success on the domestic front, one of the most prominent opponents of the Redskins name recently announced he will be meeting with the United Nations’ human rights assistant secretary-general in an apparent attempt to further intimidate Snyder.
Oneida Indian tribe lieader Ray Halbritter announced he will sit down with the representative at the U.N.’s Manhattan headquarters.
While limited protests of the Redskins – along with countless other mascots along the way – have cropped up in previous years, this ongoing effort to force a name change is taking the fight to a new level of absurdity. For the vast majority of Americans, the name, which has been used for decades, is not only inoffensive but actually celebrates the strength and dedication of Native Americans.
As Snyder himself has long maintained, the name was chosen as “a badge of honor,” not as a slight against any nationality or race. Even many Indian leaders, including Navajo Code Talkers Association Vice President Roy Hawthorne, believe the team reflects a uniquely patriotic sentiment.
“My opinion,” Hawthorne said late last year, “is that’s a name that not only the team should keep; but that’s a name that’s American.”
Any amount of evidence to the contrary, however, will be insufficient to convince those who thrive on issuing accusations of bigotry and racism. Considering the left’s overwhelming proclivity towards allowing the U.N. to influence domestic policy, it might be just a matter of time before the Redskins find themselves facing a foe more dangerous than any gridiron rival.
–B. Christopher Agee
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