The Washington Redskins‘ name change drama took another pounding this week in the media, and I’m just tired of it.
On Monday, lawmakers decided to send a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell that stated the NFL is on the “wrong side of history.” Some see it as a slur, others a piece of harmless NFL culture that should not be changed.
The Redskins’ response was fierce:
“Senator Cantwell should be aware that there are many challenges facing Native Americans, including an extremely cold winter with high energy bills, high unemployment, life threatening health problems, inadequate education and many other issues more pressing than the name of a football team which has received strong support from Native Americans… Surely, with all the issues Congress is supposed to work on such as the economy, jobs, war and health care, the Senator must have more important things to do.”
Pow, right in the kisser. Cantwell chairs the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, and it’s sad that this is the cause she decides to take up when there are indeed more pressing issues in this country other than being a member of the political correctness police.
The Redskins expressed what many fans probably feel — leave politics out of football. Jeez, can we at least keep that?
If I were to write Congress, here’s what it would probably sound like:
Even if the Redskins did change their name, you’re not getting a football team. Maybe no one else will speak up and make this clear to you. I know what’s going on. It’s obvious. This isn’t about race, it’s about marketing a city. It’s like having the picket fence, the two kids, a cat and a dog. Without a football team, you feel left out. Instead of trying to re-market a historic football team to better fit your needs, how about placing interest in creating a new one for the District? That way it can be yours. Your owner will fit in with all the movers and shakers on Capitol Hill. Be authentic, not hypocritical.
A Redskins name change should be out of respect, not because of politics. That will not earn any more votes. There are more problems in this country that we can count on our hands and toes. Veterans are returning from the war with no jobs or assistance. Families are hungry, companies are leaving, and this is the most pressing issue of the moment.
I’m glad to see that my tax dollars are being directed in the right direction.