READER INPUT


Controversial-team-names---Cleveland-Indians-logo-jpgThis just in from Bruce Almighty, our Resident ILP specialist in Georgia.

Here is an email sent​ by Larry McGrorty to Clarence Page, of the Chicago​ ​Tribune, after an article Page published concerning a name change for the Washington Redskins.

Dear Mr. Page,

I always love your articles and I generally agree with them. I would suggest, as in an email I received, they change the name of the Washington ​Redskins to the “Foreskins” to better represent their ​community, paying tribute to the dickheads in Congress.
Here are some other ​politically correct corrections to consider: I agree with our Native American population. I am highly insulted by the racially charged name of the Washington ​Redskins. One might argue that to name a professional football team after Native Americans would exalt them as fine warriors, but nay, nay. We must be careful not to offend, and in the spirit of political correctness and courtesy, we must move forward.

​ ​Let’s ditch the Kansas City Chiefs, the Atlanta Braves and the Cleveland Indians.

If your shorts are in a wad because of the reference the name Redskins makes to skin color, then we need to get rid of the Cleveland Browns. The Carolina Panthers obviously were named to keep the memory of militant Blacks from the 60’s alive. Gone. It’s offensive to us white folk.

The New York Yankees offend the Southern population. Do you see a team named for the Confederacy? No! There is no room for any reference to that.​

I am also offended by the blatant references to the Catholic religion among our sports team names. Totally inappropriate to have the New Orleans Saints, the Los Angels or the San Diego Padres.

Then there are the team names that glorify criminals who raped and pillaged. We are talking about the horrible Oakland Raiders, the Minnesota Vikings, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Pittsburgh Pirates!

Now, let us address those teams that clearly send the wrong message to our children.

​ ​The San Diego Chargers promote irresponsible fighting or even poor spending habits. Wrong message to our children.

The New York Giants and the San Francisco Giants promote obesity, a growing childhood epidemic. Wrong message to our children.

The Cincinnati Reds promote downers/barbiturates. Wrong message to our children.

The Milwaukee Brewers—well that goes without saying. Wrong message to our children.

So, there you go. We need to support any legislation that comes out to rectify this travesty, because the government will likely become involved with this issue, as they should. Just the kind of thing the do-nothing congress loves.

My wife and I are die hard Oregon State fans, and with all of this in mind, it might also make some sense to change the name of the Oregon State women’s athletic teams to something other than “The Beavers.”

Keep those cards and letters coming.

Larry McGrorty

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5 Responses to READER INPUT

  1. Karen S. says:

    I have Native American friends (VETERANS) and I realize that calling them a “redskin” is the equivalent of calling a black a “ni**er”! Perhaps some people are only sensitive to what offends them?

    • asknod says:

      I agree, but for the sake of argument, if they are your friends, I doubt you’d invite them over for a BBQ and greet them with a “Hey, Redskin! Whazzup?” Names or words are nothing more than the sound of vowels and consonants rubbing against each other. Nevertheless, someone will complain. I love the English language and take umbrage when someone advocates changing Peking to Beijing for PR purposes. I see Hong Kong is still the same name. A decade ago, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton advocated we 86 the word niggardly which means cheap or stingy. It has no connotation whatsoever with the Latin Negro, negra, negrum from whence we derived the word black in English. The ability of a word to offend is directly proportional to how PC the person offended is. Seems a lot of white folk were more upset than Native Americans. They had to go out and enlist them to protest the injustice. Not all subscribe. Squaw Valley was the first casualty back in the 90s. Again, no Native Americans stepped forward to complain.
      While Mr. McGrorty’s rejoinder may be light-hearted, it really strikes home as to why these other racist, suspect entities are not censured or tarred with the same brush. At what point do we cry “Enough! They are simply names. They were not constructed to marginalize, insult or belittle. Everyone knows that.” Who will be the sane person who finally comes forward and says “Hey. The Emperor is naked.”?

  2. Paul says:

    Go Larry, I grew up in the good old Nation Capitol , maybe why they are at it they can find some funds to buy back my Redskins , jacket ‘s . Oh that’s right there is no money it’s all been paid out in bonus , and bus fair’s

  3. hepper74 says:

    How about the DC do nothings?

  4. mark says:

    How about the WASHINGTON WHITE BOYS, I vote for that one, Boy that would piss off some Libs

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