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READERS' VIEWS: Outlaw "Redskins?'' Let's not stop there ...

Posted 6/10/14

Editor,

Here are some other politically correct issues to consider:

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 …

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READERS' VIEWS: Outlaw "Redskins?'' Let's not stop there ...

Posted

Editor,

Here are some other politically correct issues to consider:

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 AtlantaBraves 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 Black Panthers 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 references to the Catholic religion 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 comes out to
rectify this travesty, because the government will likely become
involved with this issue, as it should. Just the kind of thing the
do-nothing Congress loves – as if they don't have anything more important to do!

Earl Peters
Middletown