According to legendary football player and coach Mike Dikta, the fuss surrounding the name of the Washington football team in NFL is just too much political correctness – something that many Americans are in agreement with.
Political correctness has quite a history in US culture. In order to evade being offensive, a number of popular past terms for addressing women as well as certain minorities in the society have gradually been faced out. Political correctness has been present and is still very present in today’s United States of America.
A number of decades ago, Pekin High School (Illinois) was pressured to get rid of their sports team’s nickname “Chinks.” This is a very strong case of political correctness. When St. Bonaventure University women’s team changed its name from the “Brown Squaws” to “Bonnies,” political correctness was much in control of the situation.
Is it not time that the nickname of teams from Freeburg High School (Illinois) change from “Midgets” to something else? What about the nickname “Arabs” of the Coachella Valley High School in California? Is it anything to do with political correctness?
Sometimes back, North Dakota’s Wahpeton High School had the good sense of dropping their famous nickname the “Wops,” however, the nickname of the folks down in Texas at Robstown High School still remains to be “Cottonpickers,” a name that re-ignites the slave images of the state.
Not only nicknames of major sports teams in the country are examples of the way political correctness is shaping the American vocabulary, there are a host of other many ways that actually contribute positively towards this change for the better.
Today, you don’t get to hear managers or employers address female workers in the office as “girls.” Furthermore, no single person in the office will dare call an African American “boy,” even not that with the slightest sense of political correctness.
Sometimes, people argue that intentions should play a role in deciding whether the use of certain terms is offensive or not. For instance, calling or referring to African Americans as “Negroes” or “colored people” when your intentions are innocent enough shouldn’t be taken as offensive. Despite this, very few Americans still use these terms. This is simply because they have come to understand that these terms are politically incorrect.
According to the owner of the Washington NFL franchise Dan Snyder, the nickname of the football team “Redskins” is not anything to do with disparagement; rather, it is a term of honor. Despite his claims, there are masses of Native Americans out there who take offense at this term. According to the Washington Post, some of the groups opposing the “Redskins” name include The National Congress of American Indians, The United South and Eastern Tribes, The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, The United Indian Nations of Oklahoma, The Five Civilized Tribes, The Green Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, The Gun Lake Band of Potawatomi Indians, The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, The Juaneno Band of Mission Indians, The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, The Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin, The Menominee Tribe of Indians, The Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, The Sault St. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, The Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, The Poarch Band of Creek Indians and The Oneida Indian Nation. So, if you are thinking the name “Redskins” does not offend anyone, you better think twice.
With these American groups in mind, it is a high time that Snyder changed the name of this team. As much as he tries to justify his innocent intentions, his statements should be undermined by political correctness.