From: Los Angeles, CA
ORIGINAL: David Levine
ORIGINAL: Ian Joseph
I'm just tired of all of this PC bullshit. Everything is offensive to someone. "Oh, the name <insert your favorite team name here> is offensive becuz it depicts said group of people in a negative light." Blah, blah, blah.
This is not a case of "everything is offensive to someone". This is a case of something being offensive to everyone that fits under that particular umbrella. Its not a gray area word. Its not like Seminoles - its a completely derogatory term.
These folks either need to mobilize and get some real political allies in Washington DC (which you would think should be super easy) to affect change or get over it and move on to something else. Again, its my opinion, but I think that's the gist of it.
I honestly can't figure out why it was so important for DC to change the name of the Bullets, but not the Redskins.
My only thought process is that it was a nickname that allegedly glorified a contemporary issue of violence in the inner city. Personally, I didn't see the need to make the change, unless they were going for a franchise culture change, which, if that was indeed the intention, obviously hasn't worked.
With regards to the "Redskins" nickname being derogatory to everyone under that umbrella, I don't disagree with you. Its no different than Indians, for the same reason, or Tar Heels, which has connotation to slaves, or Padres, which could be viewed as a not-so-subtle dig at the Mexican community.
Whether or not there is a real necessity to change nicknames like these is always up for debate. But, until there is overwhelming support to get behind it, its not going anywhere.
Honestly, the best thing to do is hope the NFL or the Redskins organization determines on their own that a change is needed, based on an outcry from the fans and the general football populous. I'm not sure billionaires like Daniel Snyder give a damn about what people that don't financially support his team have to say.
Hate the message, not the messenger.
Enjoy the process; crave the goal.