Washington DC is once again in gridlock. Voices of reason are standing up to an intolerant minority of ignorant hardheads who can’t look at the logical facts that should prevail and bring sanity to the nation’s capital.
I’m not talking about the government shutdown we recently endured. I’m talking about the Washington Redskins name controversy. The PC police are out in force against the renewed call from Native tribes and activists for the Washington Redskins to finally change their name. Fueled with self-righteousness and indignation, these PC police have worked themselves in to a frenzy over the mere thought of losing their beloved Redskin team name and logo.
I call them the PC Police but this time around PC stands for Prickly Caucasians.
These PCers don’t know and they don’t want to know the history behind the term Redskin. To do so is to help reawaken the collective American amnesia of the Holocaust perpetuated against the Indian Nations. Yes, Mr. Redskins Owner Daniel Snyder, I said Holocaust. I’m pretty sure you, as a Jewish person, are familiar with that term. I would think if anyone would be sensitive to the subjugation and extermination of a group of people, you, Mr. Snyder, would be at the top of that list.
I wonder how Mr. Snyder would react if a Nazi Holocaust denier bought a major league sports franchise and decided to honor the bravery of Jewish people during World War II. I think Mr. Snyder might take issue with a team named the Uprising or the Resistance or the Slave Laborers.
But if Daniel Snyder insists on keeping the Redskins name, I say let him do it, under these conditions: All sports teams in the U.S. would be renamed to "honor" the bravery and courage of other groups, both foreign and domestic. To honor Chinese immigrants for the hard work of their ancestors building our railroads, I propose the Seattle Slant Eyes. In recognition of the hard-working Mexicans who pick our fruits and vegetables, how about a the Florida Field Hands. Of course, let's not forget those slaves who help build the south. Goodbye Memphis Grizzlies, hello Memphis Mandingos. What about oppressed sexual minority groups? How about the Texas Transsexuals or the St. Louis Switch? Of course there were those brave fighters from America’s World War II adversaries. Who wouldn’t pay good money to see the Cleveland Kamikazes play the Boston Blitzkrieg?
I think that, deep down, Mr. Snyder knows very well that the Redskin name is wrong and offensive. However, money, tradition and machismo are all at play here. Plus, NFL is a near religion in America now. Telling a team to remove their mascot as offensive is to some like walking into a Catholic church and saying they need to replace all their Caucasian Jesus statues with a Middle Eastern version of Jesus.
Don’t worry, Mr. Snyder. If you change the name like you should, no Redskins fans are going to abandon your team for the Cowboys. Your stadium will stay full, your pockets will stay fat and your team, the Washington Whatevers, will return a bit of dignity to Native Americans.
Marc Yaffee is the Creator of Powwow Comedy Jam. You can hear him on the Bob and Tom Show Monday, October 28, promoting his new CD "Chucklelicious." Marc's website is laughwithmarc.com.