I've just made a huge mistake. I tried thinking about this subject. Let me jot down a few quick thoughts.
We know "Redskins" is offensive because a relatively small number of people say it is. Why can't a large number of people claim the objectors are
If the objection is to using cartoon characters or "derogatory" names, Is everyone fine if the Cleveland Indians start using the Redskins logo?
If some people find a word offensive, does that mean we have to stop using it? Why? Manners? Then how to people continue using "Teabaggers" to
refer to Tea Party members? Why do Democrats call Republicans, "Extortionists, suicide bombers, arsonists, traitors, etc?" Surely those are all
offensive. but nobody stops using them.
Why is it all right to call some a Homophobe, when there are very few people actually afraid of gays, and the word, technically, means being afraid of
the same thing. (I suppose that means that progressives, who want to change things, are homophobes.) See how silly this gets?
Why can't I be called a "Native American?" After all, I was born here. That's what Native means, isn't it?
And First Nations? That's primarily Canadian. Current thought is that a nation has to have a certain territory, borders, that sort of thing. That's
one thing the (whatever they're called) certainly didn't have, at least in the US.
Are the "Fighting Irish" not sensitive enough to the indignity that Notre Dame is putting them through?
And what about other college names like the Fighting Scots, Crusaders, Vikings, Tejanos, Saxons, Sweedes, Deacons, Braves, Aztecs, Matadors, Red Men,
Dutch, Patriots, Hustlin' Quakers, Saints, Fighting Illini, Preachers, Ragin' Cajuns, and oh, so many more. I can guarantee I could make a case for
all of them being offensive.
I don't know. I'm torn between ignoring people who are offended and letting them settle their own issues, and buying a Cleveland cap. (I know,
that's mean and possibly offensive, but consider all the people ATSers love who are offensive. George Carlin, anyone? And I dare you to pick any two
threads here and not find something offensive.)
P.s. I just noticed the title. "Washington Redskins Must Change Their Offensive Name." Why in the world must they? It's their choice isn't it?
There's no law requiring them to, and I hope there never is. And what is meant by "offensive name?" A name that offends somebody? A name that
offends 2% of the population? Do we need 10%? 20%? What?
edit on 15-10-2013 by charles1952 because: Add P.s.