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Congress Pushing Politically Correctness on Redskins

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The United States Congress is at it yet again.  Instead of focusing on passing laws and/or budgets that are supposed to help our country, they are shoving their noses into the sports world to yet be the politically correct police.

This time around, they are busying urging the NFL’s Washington Redskins to change their team name because it’s offensive to Native Americans.  Personally, I don’t think this is something that Congress should be worrying about. Especially this body of government that hasn’t successfully passed a budget in what is now four straight fiscal years.  While expect a level of political correctness in sports– especially when it comes to racial/sexual remarks– I don’t think that should lead to the changing of a professional franchise’s  nickname that has existed since its creation many years ago.

This isn’t the first time a governing body has gotten involved. A few years ago, Congress stuck their noses into college sports about the same ‘issue.’  This led the NCAA to pass a rule that forced its schools to change their nicknames if the names were of a Native American nature– the schools could keep their nicknames if they had proof they the support from local tribes to keep using their current names.

So now Congress seems to believe they can push their political correctness policing into the most powerful professional sports league in the country.  They think they can force the Redskins to no longer be called the Redskins.  Congress should just focused on creating laws and leave the decision of the Redskins’ name to the franchise and its fans.

My opinion, if the public believes Washington should change their nickname, they should get a petition going.  If they receive an overwhelming number of signatures from their own fans, then maybe the Redskins should consider a name change.  Other than that, keep the name– because it would be painfully obvious to me that not enough people care to make a change.

For that matter, the same should hold true for any other franchise with a Native American name: Cleveland Indians, Atlanta Braves, Chicago Blackhawks, and the Kansas City Chiefs.  Again, I will reiterate that these teams should only change their nicknames if they feel there is enough support from their fans to make the change.

As a fan of the Dallas Cowboys, I honestly wouldn’t be able to get pumped up for a game between the Cowboys and the Washington Senators (or any other name they might use).  Congress should just stick to passing laws and budgets as they are supposed to do.



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