Political Correctness and America’s Sports Teams

Below is an e-mail apparently sent to Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune after a column he wrote concerning a name change for the Washington Redskins. Clarence is a former colleague at the Tribune. In fact, we were hired at the same time. If I were Clarence, I would run this as a response to his column, but I suspect the Political Correctness Police would sentence him to mandatory thought adjustment and modification if he did.

In any case, the author, whoever he or she is, makes a compelling case for just how ludicrously far afield P.C. has spread in a hyper-sensitive society of the relentlessly offended.

How far afield? Someone recently demanded that the “Cracker Barrel” chain of restaurants and stores change its name to “Caucasian Barrel” because it uses an offensive slur that is deeply offensive to European-Americans.

Okay, it was a facetious suggestion, but it articulates just how preposterous and bizarre our P.C. society has become.

Fortunately, we now have an administration in Washington that disdains political correctness for what it is: a crusade to muzzle the candid expression of ideas that the P.C. Police disagree with.

P.C. is nothing less than an ominous assault on the First Amendment that should not and cannot be tolerated in a free society that was founded on the idea that free speech is a right and not a privilege.


Here is the letter:

Dear Mr. Page:

I agree with our Native American population.  I am highly insulted by the racially charged name of the Washington Redskins.  One might argue that to name a professional football team after Native Americans would exalt them as fine warriors, but nay, nay.  We must be careful not to offend, and in the spirit of political correctness and courtesy, we must move forward.

Let’s ditch the Kansas City Chiefs, the Atlanta Braves and the Cleveland Indians.  If your shorts are in a wad because of the reference the name Redskins makes to skin color, then we need to get rid of the Cleveland Browns.

The Carolina Panthers obviously were named to keep the memory of militant Blacks from the 60’s alive.  Gone.  It’s offensive to us white folk.

The New York Yankees offend the Southern population.  Do you see a team named for the Confederacy?  No!  There is no room for any reference to that tragic war that cost this country so many young men’s lives.

I am also offended by the blatant inappropriate references to Catholics among our sports team names. Totally inappropriate to have the New Orleans Saints, the Los Angeles Angels or the San Diego Padres.

Then there are the team names that glorify criminals who raped and pillaged.  We are talking about the horrible Oakland Raiders, the Minnesota Vikings, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Pittsburgh Pirates!

Now, let us address those teams that clearly send the wrong message to our children.  The San Diego Chargers promote irresponsible fighting or even spending habits.  Wrong message to our children.

The New York Giants and the San Francisco Giants promote obesity, a growing childhood epidemic.  Wrong message to our children.

The Cincinnati Reds promote downers/barbiturates.  Wrong message to our children.

The Milwaukee Brewers.  Well that goes without saying.  Wrong message to our children.


So, there you go.  We need to support any legislation that is put forward to rectify this travesty, because the federal government will likely become involved with this issue, as it should.  Just the kind of thing the do-nothing Congress loves.

As a diehard Oregon State fan, my wife and I, with all of this in mind, suggest it might also make some sense to change the name of the Oregon State women’s athletic teams to something other than “the Beavers (especially when they play Southern California.  Do we really want the Trojans sticking it to the Beavers???

I always love your articles and I generally agree with them.  As for the Redskins name I would suggest they change the name to the “Foreskins” to better represent their community, paying tribute to the dick heads in Congress.

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