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June 19, 2014

Political correctness is running amok

Somerset —

Once again, political correctness is running amok. This time, it’s the bureaucrats in Washington trying to force Daniel Snyder to change the name of his National Football League team.
In the past several years, a movement to eliminate the Redskins mascot has picked up steam. Ironically, it’s white liberals — and not Native Americans — who are leading the charge.
I opened my Facebook page up for debate on the issue earlier this week and the response has been overwhelmingly in support of Snyder, who vows not to cave into the PC pressure.
Most of the comments indicate people believe it’s utterly ridiculous for this to be an issue debated by our nation’s policy-makers.
They have much bigger problems to deal with, don’t they? Unemployment? This health-care fiasco? Crime? Poverty? You know, those little things that really matter.
I especially was interested in a comment from an old school buddy of mine, David Sears, who is a full-blooded Native American.
“I say ‘Go Redskins,’” David wrote.
He’s not offended. And I was not surprised.
We went to Stebbins High School in Dayton, Ohio, and played for the Indians.
Our head cheerleader, or “mascot,” wore a big Indian head dress and did a war dance.
David Sears was not offended.
You see, the term “Redskin” was initially a term used by Native Americans to set themselves apart from the Colonists. It evolved into a term associated with extreme bravery.
It’s been only lately that folks have claimed that “Redskin” is a racist slur.
Native Americans are very proud of their heritage. I’m shocked that there are even a few of them (most polls indicate less than 20 percent) who are offended by traditional Native American sports mascots and want them eliminated.
How do the people in Washington feel? The REAL people, and not the political bumblers? Over 80 percent say they want their team to remain the Redskins.

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