Seems nowadays you can’t even watch a damn football game without enduring insipid pc media indoctrination. While watching my beloved yet ever-disappointing Washington Redskins suffer a drubbing at the hands of the Dallas Cowgirls, I was subjected to the even more pathetic spectacle of NBC’s Bob Costas’s half-time sermon against that most pressing evil of our time, the Skins’ name, and how it urgently needs to be changed.
Costas acknowledged that the name of the Redskins team is not used with the intent to offend anybody, and the vast majority of persons do not take any offense at it, including the vast majority of American Indians/Native Americans/Turtle Islanders.
But even though the term Redskins isn’t offensive today, the sage professor Costas lectured, at some unspecified time in the distant murky past, it was deeply offensive and hurtful to Persons of Redness, and therefore must be banned and censored in our modern Sensitive, Enlightened times.
Except that in reality, there is no evidence that the word was historically regarded as offensive, being used by the natives themselves to distinguish them from the pale-faces. The team was actually named to honor the original coach, the legendary William Dietz, of Sioux heritage.
Besides, there is the obvious fact that you don’t name a sports team after a group of people to insult or degrade them. Teams are named after men admired for their courage, strength, toughness, etc.: cowboys, Vikings, buccaneers, patriots . . .cheesepackers. I’m not aware of any football teams called the Sissies, the Pansies, or the Retards (no offense, of course, to the pansies and the retards).
Sports teams were commonly named after Indians (or “Native Americans” if you prefer) because those men were in fact serious badasses, feared and respected for their courage and ferocity in battle. This modern pc bs about Native Americans being a bunch of non-violent tree-hugging sensitive new-age sissies is just that, bullshit. What’s even more sad is that apparently a small minority of American natives have become so brainwashed by lefty pc agitprop that they actually want to be known as a bunch of overly-sensitive crybabies, rather than as the noble warriors of olden fame.
Hell, even today’s pc sissy-socialist Scandinavians don’t get their panties in a wad over their whole battle-axe swingin’ berserker Viking heritage.
I’m reminded of a visit a few years back with my wife to a Dallas historical museum in which the brave guarding the teepee subjected us to an extremely long-winded neo-Marxist eco-feminist lecture. I began to wish the s.o.b. would be merciful, and just scalp us. (Hey, I kid, I kid. Y’all can put down those tomahawks.)
But, to get back on topic, the liberal powers-that-be are now demanding that over 80 years of proud tradition be ditched because a tiny minority of persons have now chosen to be offended by a certain team name. Now, it seems, whenever some little special interest group declares themselves offended, everyone has to bend over backwards to sooth their precious little feelings. Unless, of course, it is Catholics or Christians that are the offended party, in which case we’re simply told to quit whining and get over it.
Speaking of crybabies, I’ve actually heard leftists tell me with a straight face that pro sports are in fact “modern day slavery” in which black men are made to engage in brutal sport for white amusement. Funny that these “slaves” are being paid multi-million dollar salaries. And I’ve yet to hear of anyone being taken away in chains and forced to play ball. (And are white pro athletes also slaves, or only those of color?) But, for the leftist, it seems absolutely everything is “slavery” or racism in need of government correction. Interestingly, most of those bleedin’ hearts seem to be remarkably unconcerned about the very real slavery going on in parts of the world ruled by the Religion of Peace.
Turning from the NFL to the little leagues, the California youth football league has declared this season if any team beat another by more than 35 points, it would face a $200.00 fine, and the head coach would be suspended for a week. Supposedly, this draconian policy was to teach “mercy” and “sportsmanship.”
Yeah, I know, it’s only a youth ball league, and in the Land of Fruits and Nuts, where if little Susie objects to Johnny (who’s declared himself a “she”) using the girl’s locker room, she can be punished for “bullying.” As the guy on the radio here said, “Of course, this would never ever fly in Texas.” Not now, maybe, but as goes California, so goes the nation, and Left-Coast-style political-correctness has been gradually but surely spreading across the country.
That “mercy rule,” of course, does absolutely nothing to encourage actual sportsmanship, but rather punishes honest success and forces payment to enforce “equality” and compensate for hurt feelings. What better way to prepare the kids for citizenship in Obama’s socialist Ameritopia?
For whatever its other problems, sports remain one of the last mainstream American institutions based on pure meritocracy (play well, you win, play badly you lose, and if you play really badly you’re cut from the team), untainted by political correctness and false notions of “equality” and “fairness.” Once sports are infected with pc pansiedom, there is indeed no hope. The game is lost.
Gipper quote of the day: “The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant, but that they know so much that isn’t so.”
Btw, Happy Columbus Day! Here’s to America, Christianity, Western Civilization, capitalism, and all that other stuff lefties love to hate!