Those offended by something as frivolous as a sports team name or logo really need to grow up.
On June 18th, 2014, The U.S. Patent Office announced that it was stripping the NFL’s Washington Redskins of their trademark registration. Nevada Senator and Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said that now the Washington Redskins would have to change their name. This was something that the liberal “Politically Correctness Police” had been championing for sometime now. But a Federal Court threw out a identical ruling 5 years ago so it seems very likely that the Redskins will retain their name and their trademark.
So what brought about this latest ruling? The case, which appeared before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, was filed on behalf of five “Native Americans”. I use the quotes because there is no such thing as a Native American. No humans evolved on the North American continent. Those being called such in today’s politically correct world just had ancestors that arrived a few thousand years before mine did. Most would prefer you call them by their tribal name but have no problem being called American Indian. Regardless, the case was filed “on behalf of” those five individuals because the liberal groups wanting to enforce Political Correctness needed to have some sort of legal standing to file the case.
The reality is that many if not most of those referred to as Native Americans don’t really care. They honor their culture but are too mature to be offended by the logo of a sports team. They worry more about how the Indian Health Service (IHS) provides terrible healthcare where their kids wait years for glasses and dental work. The worry more about how Indian women are 5 time more likely to be the victims of sexual assault and murder than the national average. They worry about their high teenage suicide rate, which is more than twice the national average. And they worry about how their substance abuse and unemployment are 10x higher than the national average. It is mainly just the Politically Correct on the Left that have any problem with the Redskin name or logo.
Political Correctness is one of my pet peeves. I am offended by those that are so easily offended. I am a bald white guy and wouldn’t care the slightest if the NFL had a team called the “Bald White Guys”. Or the “Bald Honky’s”, “Bald Whitees” “Follicle-Challenged Pale Dudes” or whatever. When do we tell those who are so easily offended to grow up? When do we tell them that there’s nothing in the Constitution that says you have a right not to be offended?
And what is next if the Redskins lose their legal fight? Will the Notre Dame “Fighting Irish” have to lose their iconic Leprechaun if a few people of Irish descent decide they’re offended? Will the Florida Seminoles or the Atlanta Braves be the next target? The liberal Huffington Post published a list of teams it found most offensive and I frankly found most of them rather amusing. Talk about not taking yourself too seriously when you name your team the “Butte Pirates” or the “Nads”. Some might call team names like these childish. I find being offended by something this frivolous to be even more so.