The latest is a letter – ooohhhh a LETTER! – to Roger Goodell, once again demanding the NFL take action by forcing the Washington Redskins to change their name from what they insist is a “slur.” Facts. History. Hypocrisy. None of those inconvenient things matter to privileged white liberal elites who must make themselves feel better, act superior, and impose their word-code upon others. The fact the current helmet logo was designed in 1971 by Native American leaders in the National Congress of American Indians? Irrelevant, apparently. How about the fact that 62 HIGH SCHOOLS in America still have “Redskins” as a nickname? Many of them, overwhelmingly “native” American (I say “native” in quotes because at this point, aren’t we ALL “natives” if we were born here?).
One school that still uses the nickname is Red Mesa High in Arizona, located on a Navajo reservation, and where 99.3 percent of its students are Native American. Tommie Yazzie, superintendent of the school district that oversees Red Mesa High School and a full-blooded Navajo, said he is more concerned with the use of Native American war chants and gestures during sporting events. Do we have your attention, Atlanta Braves and KC Chiefs?
And the hypocrisy of these same media types, who NEVER ONCE had the balls or motivation to complain about this supposedly “awful slur” before for years and years and years of them occupying the airwaves, have now suddenly made it their own cottage industry? (yes, that’s YOU Costas and YOU Olbermann)
Must be nice to walk around in a world without a mirror. So it’s pretty apparent now, that no matter what the Washington Redskins Football club does to show they take the “other side’s” argument in good faith – the other side has no intentions of good faith dialogue. They won’t address why The Cleveland Indians are okay, and don’t want to take on the Florida State Seminoles. Or have no big beef with fans doing tomahawk chops.
The other side won’t lay out exactly what vestiges of “native american” imagery could remain – with their permission, of course – in a post-“Redskins” world here in DC (Is the spear helmet okay? How about the circle R with the feather?) The other side can’t/won’t say: “Look, no problem with paying tribute to native americans, but the name is dated and cringeworthy. How about ‘Scouts’ or something like that?”
Arguing with these people, is sheer folly. Which is why it’s probably time for Snyder to just stop playing the game. No more tit-for-tat press releases. No more “listening tours”. No more “First Americans” foundations.
This is a movement with almost literally no constituents. Short of a law banning the name, Snyder and the Redskins are as sovereign as a casino on a reservation. There’s no economic impact that could force this change, and it’s obvious the NFL itself doesn’t want to throw Snyder to the liberal media mob one minute, only to find out the Kansas City Chiefs are now “next” on this phony crusade.
Time is on Snyder’s side here, because the media and congress must constantly keep pushing on this boulder of who-gives-a-crap in hopes that it finally shakes free. Eventually, Mike Wise will be fired, Harry Reid will lose an election, and Keith Olbermann will turn his attention toward the daily savaging of something like the infield fly rule.
Stand firm, and go quiet. Now is no time for surrender.