Well, I'm back. I took some time off of this site because the discussions regarding a certain former starting QB were reaching ridiculous levels of tedium. People delving into near attacks or actually questioning another's brain cell count for stating that Christian Ponder will likely remain in the NFL after this season. And so on...
Let me state this right now, I'm not a fan of any kind of extreme position on any subject at all. With that being said, I do believe that society as a whole needs to grow a thicker skin. There are so many people in this world (with so many different viewpoints, no less) who are all connected with such a fast mode of information travel that it is actually quite hard to say/print something that offends nobody. I am reminded of the GOT quote: "Never forget what you are, because the world certainly won't. Wear it as armor and it can never be used to hurt you."
With that being said: the PC people lately seem to have been finding the wrong swords to fall on. I keep quoting Rick Reilly's article for ESPN last year because it makes so much sense. Reilly quotes some linguists as stating that the Redskins term may have been coined by Native Americans to describe themselves in relation to the (predominantly white) European Settlers. There are high schools in this country with either a majority or a vast majority of students belonging to a tribe that have the Redskins name for their sports teams. How do you tell the world that the Washington Redskins name is so offensive when a high school of which over 90% of the students are Native American carries the same moniker for their sports teams? When a measure to change the team name was defeated by the very people the name was supposed to be offensive to?
The Native Americans that I know mostly don't care about the Redskins name. The only one that's really offensive to them is the Cleveland Indians. Why? Because they never were Indians...that name was hung on them by Columbus shortly before he started committing genocide on them. If someone came up with a name for your ancestors before exterminating them, wouldn't you hate that name too? So, where's the outcry over the Cleveland Indians?
This is to say nothing about our favorite football team's current situation...which I will actually say nothing about other than the fact that we have not actually seen/heard the report. All we have (at the time that I'm writing this) is a leaked statement from "an anonymous source with knowledge of the report." If that source is ever revealed and their information accurate...as far as I know, they can get hammered hard for breaching confidentiality. If that information was, somehow, not accurate...well, we won't go there.
Everybody is entitled to their opinion, they really are. But, there should be some sort of common sense used when judging each situation. In my version: those of us with no Native American ancestry have no right to decide whether the Redskins name is offensive or not. If "even one person is offended," then I'd say that we're doing pretty good. There are over 6 billion people on this planet...if we have only offended one out of every 10 million people with a statement then that statement is actually pretty tame.
To finish this off, I'll say this: "The needs of the many must always outweigh the needs of the few." Therefore, if one person in this country is offended-I don't care. If 30,000 Americans are offended, now it might be worth looking into. If 3 million Americans are offended, then maybe we should do something about it. I think the world needs to take a lesson from the athletes because some of the athletes have realized that, no matter what they do, half of the people will love them and half will hate them.
Anyways, there's my little rant. It may or may not make perfect sense to other people but, like I said, I don't really care. By the way, does the term "Politically Correct" seem like somewhat of an oxymoron? I mean, just how much political stuff is actually correct anyways?