Thursday, October 17, 2013
Redskins: Will they Change the Name to Appease Political Correctness???
The reason being, ever since I finished my summer internship at the OC Register, I have been busy concentrating on grad school. I got A's this summer, but this fall has proven harder with quantitative research and having to research my thesis topic as well.
Also, the tiger and I haven't been doing much journalistic work, but that may soon change as in addition to covering sports for the Tribune, we might get another reporting internship, this time with the Voice of OC. I am having coffee with the editor next week.
So what's been in the news bugging me lately? The Washington Redskins! The Politically correct run amok crowd, or some indian tribe wants the team to change the name because the term is apparently insulting to Native Americans. I guess historically it is, but why has the controversy made headlines of late? I mean the team has had that name for close to 8 or so decades. The owner says he will never change the name because it was chosen to honor the team's first coach, who was part Indian, or so the legend goes.
I don't know how to honestly feel about this one. I know a lot of Native Americans say that they are not bothered by the name, that it just honors their history but others say that they don't know what they are taking about.
All I know is that one of my fondest memories of being a kid is decorating the Christmas Tree one day and putting up decorations with the rest of my family while in the living room of my old house. The Skins and the Cowboys played on the tube and I would sneak peeks to see how the game was progressing, my brother and I both did while the rest of the family cooked, helped with decorations. I can almost vividly replay that over and over in my head, a moment in time I will always treasure, that Sunday seemed to last an eternity. So it seems weird if the Cowboys end up playing the Red Hawks, or some other name they give the team if they decide to change it. What's next? Will they go after the Cleveland Indian's mascot?
President Obama came out to say that he would think about changing the name if he was the team's owner. Doesn't the President have more pressing issues to consider than to meddle into the NFL???