U.S. Government Demonstrates Its Usual Effectiveness In Asking The Redskins To Change Their Name
May 29 / Eric Goldschein / SportsGrid
Quick, what's the first word that comes to mind when you hear the word "Congress"? Efficient? Competent? Good? Sexual? (Probably not, probably not, probably not, maybe.) Our representatives are shoved so far up the asses of powerful lobbies, it's impossible to say where Monsanto's lower intestine ends and the face of government begins.
And so, incapable of doing anything else worthwhile, a group of 10 Congress members -- including several who are unable to vote and a few from parties I've never heard of -- are pushing the Redskins, once again, to change their name. Hey, Matt Rudnitsky, you got the odds on that ever happening? Bet they're low.
This is a favorite past-time of elected officials: When unable to pass any sort of meaningful legislation, turn to negligible pet projects that can drum up support in the home state. People have been giving Dan Synder and the Redskins shit about that name for years, to no avail. How about a strongly worded letter, then?
Ten members of Congress recently sent Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder a letter, urging him to change the name of the team, according to a news release issued Tuesday by the office of Eni F.H. Faleomavaega, congressman for the American Samoa...
Joining Faleomavaega in the effort were fellow representatives and co-chairs of the Congressional Native American Caucus: Tom Cole (Oklahoma) and Betty McCollum (Minnesota) as well as Raul M. Grijalva (Arizona), Gwen Moore (Wisconsin), Michael M. Honda (California), Donna M. Christensen (Virginia Islands), Zoe Lofgren and Barbara Lee (both of California) and Eleanor Holmes Norton of the District.
The representatives sent similar letters to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and FedEx President and CEO Frederick Smith, and the owners of the NFL’s 31 other franchises.
In the letter, the representatives argued “Native Americans throughout the country consider the ‘R-word’ a racial, derogatory slur akin to the ‘N-word’ among African Americans or the ‘W-word’ among Latinos.
I'm sure these are all very nice people who are justifiably confused and upset that people seem totally cool with naming a team the equivalent of the "N-words" or the "W-words," to borrow their phrasing. But how little weight does this group of 10 have to throw around? The Washington Post says Donna M. Christensen is from the Virginia Islands. They're not even bothering to fact-check this story.
Should the Redskins be called the Redskins? In this writer's opinion, no. But apparently four out of five Americans are cool with the name (although in fairness, if you conducted a poll back in the 1830s that asked "Should we take back the land that the red man is stealing from us good, God-fearing true Americans?" we would probably see similar numbers). And so, Congress continues a stunning trend of doing things most of the American populace does not want it to do.
I'd like to say Congress has better things to worry about than fighting against politically incorrect and insensitive sports team names, but there must be a lull in other meaningless bullshit to fight about.