10/16/14 The Redskins

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Political correctness activists are attacking Washington’s NFL team insisting the nickname “Redskins” is offensive.

No professional sports team would humiliate itself if they thought their name was anything other than proud and respectful.

This is the same political correctness cancer that infected the NCAA when it launched a witch hunt against the University of North Dakota over the “Fighting Sioux” nickname.

[In 2005, the NCAA announced a complete ban on hosting post-season competition by 18 colleges that were using Native American mascots, logos, or nicknames. The ban was to become effective in February 2006.]

[The college sports governing body backed off its strident demand regarding some schools after learning that Native American groups endorsed use of their tribal names by their adoptive schools. The NCAA relented and gave the go-ahead for Florida State University, the University of Utah, and Central Michigan University to continue using Seminole, Ute, and Chippewa, respectively, without the risk of facing the post-season ban.]

[However, the NCAA continued its feigned moral outrage at the University of North Dakota’s “Fighting Sioux” nickname.]

[There is seemingly no rhyme or reason to how the NCAA compiled its lists of Native American mascots, logos, or nicknames that the organization found acceptable and those that were deemed offensive. Consider, for example, Bradley University and the University of North Carolina-Pembroke. Both schools use the nickname “Braves” yet Bradley landed on the NCAA banned list and the University of North Carolina-Pembroke got a free pass although the NCAA eventually relented and allowed Bradley to keep “Braves.”  Why the NCAA assumed contradictory positions regarding the two schools with identical nicknames was never explained.]

It didn’t matter that the nearby Spirit Lake Sioux tribe and the Standing Rock Sioux tribe bestowed the “Fighting Sioux” nickname on the university in perpetuity during a pipe ceremony in 1969.

In fact, the two tribes filed a lawsuit to keep the name.  But U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson —  an apparent white guy — dismissed the suit, ruling the tribes had no standing in the matter.

[It’s worth noting that the “Fighting Sioux” nickname did not appear to offend Erickson when he was invited to deliver the 2008 commencement address at the university’s law school.]

Political correctness bullies argue “Fighting Sioux” is offensive.  But find Notre Dame’s “Fighting Irish” and Wooster College’s “Fighting Scots” acceptable.

Sanctimonious sportscaster Bob Costas delivered a tirade, calling the name a slur.  If he truly felt so then why has he used the name for 30 years?

Perhaps the real reason for the Costas rant is NBC Sports entered into a lucrative business deal with an Indian casino manager — who’s not even Native American — who is demanding the Redskins name change.  In journalism, we call that a serious violation of ethical standards.

We’re told that “Redskins,” “Braves,” “Chiefs” and similar nicknames are offensive.  The only acceptable name is “Native American.”  As in first settlers in America.  As in “America.”  Named after “Amerigo Vespucci.”  An Italian.

From now on, I am a proud Washington Redskins fan.

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