By Amaury Pi Gonzalez
photo credit google images of Washington Redskin logo
LOS ANGELES–So there are no Indians in Cleveland? No Redskins in Washington, and how can there be any Giants in San Francisco, if the average height of a San Francisco resident is 5’7″? Friends, names of teams, are just that, n-a-m-e-s. With all the real problems we have in this country, some devote their time to “correct” the names of teams because they might insult a segment of our population. This is nothing but a waste of time, using energy for the wrong reasons and taking Political Correctness to a new level.
The Redskins, who currently play at FedEx Field in Maryland, announced that they were in the preliminary stages of searching for a new home field. Virginia, Washington D.C., and Maryland have been named as potential sites according to ESPN.
When reporters asked Allen if he would consider changing the name of the team as a condition to securing a new home for the Redskins, he replied, “No.”
The Redskins name remains controversial. Native Indian groups, politicians, and journalists continue to condemn Allen and team owner Dan Snyder for their unwavering commitment to keeping it as the team’s identity.
Maybe this continues because the Washington Redskins play in our nations capital, and everything there is political, lobbyist probably have focus groups to tell them where to go to lunch everyday. The media has a lot to do in keeping this narrative going. I have worked in newsrooms where on a slow day, an assignment desk supervisor would send a camera crew and reporter to a location where there are 6 people demonstrating, and all-of-a-sudden it is a story., it is inserted in the rundown for the 6PM news. Politicians are famous for debating stuff that nobody cares, and then when they agree,then they agree to disagree and the world keeps spining, and Native Indian groups (among other minorities)definitely have much more important issues to take care of than the name of sports teams.
So before we repair our bridges and roads across the country, which are badly in need of repair, we are going to try to change the names/logos of hundreds of high schools and colleges and universities that are not “politically correct”to some people?
Speaking as a minority myself, I do not believe in insulting anybody, any race, any gender. any religion, any philosophy, but this has to stop if we really want to continue as the “United”States of America. There are people that love to divide us, instead the other way around. Sports is an easy target, but it should not be an arena for these types of discussions.
Remember the movie “Stripes” when the young soldiers were telling their stories of each other, there was one guy that was as up-tight as they come, they have to tell him “ease up Francis”.
We should all “ease up”and we will be better for it.
Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the vice president of the Major League Baseball Hispanic Museum and is a talk show host for http://www.sportsradioservice.com