There may be hope that common sense and courage are making a comeback in the nation’s capital. How else to explain the appearance of this statement in the Washington Post: “For some people, the word ‘Redskins’ has lost all of its vicious old meaning and represents their beloved Sonny Jurgensen and Billy Kilmer; for others it’s a hate term. Personally, I find it distasteful in all contexts. But how is a bureaucracy supposed to effectively arbitrate its ?real’ meaning without a lot of unintended consequences and restrictions?”
With that question, sportswriter Sally Jenkins cuts to the heart of the Redskins issue.The Redskins name controversy is not about discrimination, it’s about power, pure and simple. Power, that is, for PC bullies to impose their view of what everybody else should and should not be permitted to say. The latest salvo from the bullies came from U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), which cancelled six Redskin trademarks.
It is preposterous to claim that anybody in America watching the Redskins on any given Sunday is doing so while savoring the horrors of Wounded Knee or lamenting Custer’s death at Little Big Horn. If they are Redskin fans, they are wondering if their team will ever again win a Super Bowl or when RGIII might learn how to stay in the pocket and survive. Given the sad state of public education in this country, it is the rare man on the street these days with any historical understanding of the significance of the Battle of Horseshoe Bend, the Trail of Tears or where Sitting Bull spent his final years.