Just because you stop saying or writing something doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. But it seems some in the media believe that if they stop saying the word Redskins then it will just suddenly go away. But what they fail to realize is that Washington Redskins fans don’t need them to say the name, because in our hearts the name will never die.
The Washington Post editorial board announced that they will no longer use the word “Redskins” when referring to the team. And this is another in a growing trend of media outlets and commentators who refuse to use the name. Why? Maybe they have a guilty conscience. Maybe they choose to bow down to this politically correct environment we live in.But my conscience is clear. I use the word Redskins and I don’t feel any racial animosity towards Native Americans. None. Only admiration. There are Native Americans who are Redskins fans and have no problem with the name. But these media types ignore these fans and only choose to acknowledge those Native Americans who oppose the name.
And the word “Redskins” is just that. A word, not a weapon. What’s the old saying, Sticks and Stones…? Well there’s truth in that old saying. Because words can only hurt you if you allow them to. A word can’t kill you like the Vikings used to. Are we headed towards a day in this country when saying certain words becomes illegal?
This is America not the old Soviet Union. You want to try to outlaw a word then get ready for a backlash. Especially when the majority of football fans don’t even want the name changed. But some people feel the need to try to fix something that isn’t broken. Or they want to break something down that works, simply because they don’t want to deal with it.
So deal with this, if CBS NFL analyst Phil Simms chooses not to call the team the Redskins maybe I’ll just put the TV on mute and not even listen to what he has to say. And listen to the Redskins Network radio broadcast instead. And then maybe I won’t even watch any game that Phil Simms is commentating on at all.
And if the Washington Post chooses not to use the word Redskins when referring to the team, maybe I’ll choose not read their newspaper. You see Redskins fans have been around for a long time and we’re going to be around for a whole lot longer. And the fact is we can do this all day long.
If they want to stop saying the word Redskins, then we’ll continue to say it. If they want to say Redskins is a racial slur, then we’ll say it’s much more than that. And if they want the word REDSKINS to just die off, then we’ll be ones to continue to forever keep it alive. HTTR!