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June 30, 2014
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Letter: Debating the Washington Redskins name change

Do we rename Oklahoma, too?

Mr. Ackerman’s article about the Washington Redskins was interesting, but like so many who are willing to “pile on” Redskin’s owner Daniel Snyder concerning the team’s name, it seems Ackerman is yet another misguided liberal.

While I applaud his position that the federal government is wrong to deny the Redskins their trademark simply because it offends a small minority of people, that’s as much slack as Ackerman was going to give the team and the vast majority of its fans who’d like to let the status quo remain.

Ackerman claims it’s time to change the team’s name, because colloquial names (some would say slurs) for minorities are no longer generally used. I guess he’s never visited large eastern metropolitan areas, where these names are often still bantered about by the common folk. In fact, the infamous “N word” that cuts to the marrow of liberals, is commonly invoked by inner city Black kids when referring to each other.

I’d argue that America doesn’t have a racial problem, we have a political correctness problem. If liberals are so determined to make America a color blind society, then please stop throwing race into Americans’ faces every time some overly sensitive minority is offended by an essentially unoffensive event. As Ackerman indicated, the Redskins have been the Redskins since 1932. Where I come from, that’s called a tradition, something sorely lacking in today’s America. Seriously, don’t we have more pressing issues in this country than wasting time trying to force football teams to change their names?

Finally, I’ll leave Mr. Ackerman with this fact: The Choctaw Nation’s name for Oklahoma means Red People. So, what’s next, changing the name of a state? Perhaps Synder should call his team the Washington Oklahomas; nah, that would still upset someone.

Scott Morris

Winchester


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