The Uniter Divider-in-Chief has recently weighed in on a “very important” subject – whether the Washington Redskins’ name should be changed because it might be deemed offensive, or even racist. President Obama said in an interview with the Associated Press that if he were the owner of the football team he might consider changing its name because it “was offending a sizeable group of people.” I don’t believe it.
If someone were to survey Native Americans, I am willing to bet that only a very small percentage of them are offended by the name Washington Redskins. In fact, some Native Americans believe that professional teams that adopt such names pay tribute to the courage, strength and bravery that American Indians have been so admired for. I agree with them.
This phony “sensitivity issue” is simply a way for politically correct people in academia, politics and media to make themselves feel good. The problem is that these same people are fanning the flames of bigotry and racism where it often does not exist. Their words and actions do not bring Americans closer together, but rather, they divide us. The Washington Redskins exist for one reason, to play and win at the game of professional football. How is playing professional football a racist act?
Maybe we should all stop referring to President Obama as the Commander-in-Chief, or the Chief Executive. After all, it might offend a real Indian, er-uh, I mean a real Native American Chief.
I happen to be of Irish heritage. Should I be offended that Notre Dame University’s football team is affectionately called “The Fighting Irish?” I mean, if I want to be offended, I might imagine that this name implies that most Irish men are a bunch of drunken brawlers. Happiness must be very elusive for those who go through life thinking that so many people are out to personally offend them. Why give that kind power over yourself to anyone, especially to people you don’t even know?
No, let the good people of this country, from all ethnic backgrounds, tell the politically correct crowd in the media and the opportunists seeking political power that we are sick and tired of their divisive ways.
We are all Americans. We are on the same team. We want all Americans to succeed. Stop the pandering now.