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Playing a Name Game with the Redskins
Townhall.com ^ | June 25, 2014 | Dr Ben Carson

Posted on 06/25/2014 12:43:31 PM PDT by Kaslin

The audacity of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in canceling the trademark of the Washington Redskins is frightening. When the government is in charge of deciding what is offensive and what is not, and has the power to punish the "offenders," we move further away from a free society and closer to a tyrannical nanny state.

We are not talking about a political issue that should have Democrats and Republicans coming down on different sides, but rather the fundamental freedom to express oneself, which is a part of the fabric of America. In the case of Dan Snyder, who owns the Redskins, he is being demonized for standing up for basic American principles. The team bore the same name when he purchased it in good faith. There was no indication at the time that subsequent demands for a name change would emerge, costing him millions of dollars in related expenses, not to mention lawsuits he might encounter by other businesses that could be injured by such a move.

There is no indication that many in the Native American community are upset after decades of the team's prominent and proud display of its mascot and name. This appears to be yet another case of purposefully induced hypersensitivity, providing yet another opportunity for unnecessary heavy-handed government tactics to infringe upon the peaceful existence of Americans.

I have had the pleasure of meeting Snyder, who is far from the demonic characterization seen in the gullible press, which allows itself to be manipulated by those wishing to bring about fundamental change in America. I do not doubt for one minute that the Redskins organization would change the name tomorrow if it thought it was truly offensive to most Native Americans.

Also, the majority of American citizens are still decent people who would not only demand a name change, but would vote with their feet and purses in a way that would send a loud and convincing message -- if they thought the name was offensive.

It appears that many have forgotten the power of free-market economic forces and instead have placed their trust in flawed government forces. Historically, individual freedoms vanish as government interventions increase.

Traditionally, sports teams choose mascots and names that bring them pride, rather than shame. There are numerous sports teams throughout the nation with colorful names and symbols, and they are not out to offend anyone. In a large, diverse society, it is likely that almost anything is offensive to someone. I suspect there are those who are offended by the fact that the Duke University basketball team is called the Blue Devils. Some would ridiculously opine that this nomenclature pays homage to the forces of evil. Should we cater to such foolishness, or should we grow up and focus on real issues, such as unacceptable rates of unemployment, terrorism, energy development, education, poverty, a stagnant economy, massive corruption, illegal immigration, growing national debt and many other things of greater importance?

We, the American people, must cease being distracted by peripheral issues and demand that our government officials focus their attention on the myriad problems that threaten to destroy our way of life. Like the ancient Romans, we are in danger of being distracted by relatively unimportant issues while our society crumbles beneath us. I challenge those who say I am exaggerating to a debate on this issue.

Many people equate political correctness with kind and compassionate speech. The two things are vastly different with very different purposes. Political correctness is meant to control thought patterns and speech content, creating unanimity and societal conformity, while kind and compassionate speech is meant to take into consideration the feelings and circumstances of others without compromising the truth. It is a much better alternative.

We need to be wary of those who attempt to convince groups of people that they should be offended by a word, phrase or symbol instead of concentrating on the real message being conveyed. These people remind me of the troublemakers in grade school who enjoyed watching the fallout from their devious ploys.

In today's politically correct society, we are in danger of extinguishing interpersonal communications altogether for fear of offending someone. All of this would be comically absurd if it were not so tragic and such an immense departure from the vision of a free and prosperous society that was envisioned by our Founders.

Rather than concentrating on unanimity of thought and speech, we must concentrate on extracting the meaning of verbal communications. Examining every word or phrase for possible offense is beyond stupid. More importantly, it is divisive and destructive. We must outright reject those who try to manipulate emotions for their own political advantage. The Founders of our nation were concerned about what would happen if the populace became uninformed and refused to think for themselves. They feared the day when Americans could be easily led and manipulated, which would lead to a drastic alteration of our nation.

The power to stop the erosion of our values and to restore common sense and prosperity to our nation is in our own hands. We must shake off the passivity and vigilantly guard against manipulation.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: bencarson; politicalcorrectness; washingtonredskins

1 posted on 06/25/2014 12:43:31 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Remove the name Washington from the team name and just call them Redskins.


2 posted on 06/25/2014 12:45:03 PM PDT by SkyDancer (If you don't read the newspapers you are uninformed. If you do read newspapers you are misinformed)
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To: SkyDancer

Change the name to The Washington Whiteys.


3 posted on 06/25/2014 12:47:38 PM PDT by Castigar
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To: SkyDancer

Just call them the Washington Reds, and you’ll be a lot closer to the truth.


4 posted on 06/25/2014 12:49:45 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: Castigar

Was the team bought for 24 bucks?

Here is the perfect name. The San Antonio Bandits. You really want to piss Washington off, move the team to SA. Really want to piss them off? Call them the Banditos.


5 posted on 06/25/2014 12:50:58 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary")
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To: Kaslin
[Art.] This appears to be yet another case of purposefully induced hypersensitivity, providing yet another opportunity for unnecessary heavy-handed government tactics to infringe upon the peaceful existence of Americans.

Find the doers. Track them down, build a file, find their further connections, and trace them back to Action Central.

Then expose and punish them.

6 posted on 06/25/2014 12:52:13 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: Kaslin

How about the “Washington Whatever You Feel Like Calling It’s”?


7 posted on 06/25/2014 12:52:17 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Q)
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To: Kaslin

Call them the “Washington DC-vers”


8 posted on 06/25/2014 12:53:07 PM PDT by R_Kangel ( "A Nation of Sheep ..... Will Beget ..... a Nation Ruled by Wolves.")
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To: Castigar

9 posted on 06/25/2014 12:54:17 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo
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To: Kaslin
Rather than concentrating on unanimity of thought and speech, we must concentrate on extracting the meaning of verbal communications. Examining every word or phrase for possible offense is beyond stupid. More importantly, it is divisive and destructive. We must outright reject those who try to manipulate emotions for their own political advantage. The Founders of our nation were concerned about what would happen if the populace became uninformed and refused to think for themselves. They feared the day when Americans could be easily led and manipulated, which would lead to a drastic alteration of our nation.

Or, "Concentrate on what was meant." Some folks take offense just in order to yank others' chains.

Analogous naming of other teams show that they are intended to reflect some good side of something. Even the Blue Devils are supposed to be intimidating, though as a Christian I would be uneasy with such a name on other grounds. Then there is the legendary ferocity of the Vikings, or the intensity of the Fighting Irish, etc. A little mutual charity can sweep away a lot of these problems.

10 posted on 06/25/2014 12:56:25 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Kaslin

Change the name to the Washington Fighting Irish.

Dare the trademark office to defend the rights of a bogoted hateful name.


11 posted on 06/25/2014 12:56:28 PM PDT by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
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To: icwhatudo

How about the Pugnacious Politicians ??


12 posted on 06/25/2014 12:58:43 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: SkyDancer

Washington Skinheads?


13 posted on 06/25/2014 12:58:58 PM PDT by tophat9000 (An Eye for an Eye, a Word for a Word...nothing more)
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To: Kaslin

Personally I think citizens should start lodging complaints and filing lawsuits against every last company that makes Crackers, citing of course the Trayvon Martin Trial when the stupid one said “Creepy little Cracker” Cracker has widely and historically been used as a derogatory, Racist, and Inflammatory term used to describe White People. Maybe it should be a Hate Crime for Black people to even utter the Word.


14 posted on 06/25/2014 12:59:09 PM PDT by eyeamok
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To: Kaslin

The Washington Vandals.

Solved.


15 posted on 06/25/2014 1:03:34 PM PDT by AppyPappy
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To: Kaslin

And what are we going to do about the browns.


16 posted on 06/25/2014 1:08:22 PM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: longfellow

And there are at least 2 college teams called Wildcats, but no Wilddogs. That is speciesist.


17 posted on 06/25/2014 1:09:32 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Kaslin

I don’t know Schneider’s politics, but he could make Lib heads explode by renaming the team The Washington Reagans. A textbook case of, Be careful what you wish for....


18 posted on 06/25/2014 1:09:40 PM PDT by kevao (Biblical Jesus: Give your money to the poor. Socialist Jesus: Give your neighbor's money to the poor)
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To: kevao

And replace the Injun with a Cowboy....


19 posted on 06/25/2014 1:10:49 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: SkyDancer

Figured the word mark would be nondescript and sufficient.


20 posted on 06/25/2014 1:10:50 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: icwhatudo

Keep the Redskins name, but change the team mascot to a potato.

Problem solved.


21 posted on 06/25/2014 1:11:00 PM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: longfellow

The New Orleans Saints will be next.


22 posted on 06/25/2014 1:11:43 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: Kaslin
Name Game with the Redskins

Redskins, Redskins bo Bedskins
Banana fana fo Fedskins
Fee fi mo Medskins
Redskins!

-PJ

23 posted on 06/25/2014 1:11:48 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Well naturally, the Left is hoping to erase the memory of Native American Indians.


24 posted on 06/25/2014 1:11:54 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: longfellow
And what are we going to do about the browns.

Simple...The Cleveland Caucasians-Non White.

25 posted on 06/25/2014 1:12:56 PM PDT by A_Tradition_Continues (formerly known as Politicalwit ...05/28/98 Class of '98)
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To: eyeamok

“Personally I think citizens should start lodging complaints and filing lawsuits against every last company that makes Crackers, citing of course the Trayvon Martin Trial when the stupid one said “Creepy little Cracker””

Nope, she said ‘Creepy ass Cracker’.

I think that would be a perfect name for a band...”Creepy and the Ass Crackers.”


26 posted on 06/25/2014 1:14:33 PM PDT by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: A_Tradition_Continues; longfellow

My suggestion would be the Cleveland Kuciniches.


27 posted on 06/25/2014 1:16:51 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: Kaslin

Call em the Red Skin Taters. . . .


28 posted on 06/25/2014 1:17:20 PM PDT by DeaconRed (Why would ANYBODY want to be President after the mess ZERO is leaving?)
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To: Kaslin
Just rename them to be the Niggaz with Attitudes. Hugely popular. Socially acceptable. Corporately approved. Fashionable media darlings.


29 posted on 06/25/2014 1:20:10 PM PDT by mbarker12474
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To: mbarker12474

LMAO, outstanding!


30 posted on 06/25/2014 1:21:18 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: Kaslin; All

http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/opinion/op_ed/2014/06/byrne_redskins_a_tribute_to_popular_chief

Kerry Byrne, Boston Herald
>>The Native American who inspired the Washington Redskins name and logo was celebrated by our Founding Fathers as a patron saint of America. Now the PC police, led by big-city white elitists, want to wipe from history a multihued American past that conflicts with their monochromatic world view.

>>The face on the Redskins uniform is that of a member of the Lenni-Lenape tribe named Tamanend, or Tammany. He was a confidant of William Penn and symbolized the blend of Old World and New that made the United States possible.
“This is King Tammany’s Day,” wrote John Adams from Philadelphia on May 1, 1777. “The people here have sainted him and keep him to this day.”

>>The ragtag Continental Army at Valley Forge “spent the day in mirth and jollity … in honor of King Tammany,” wrote George Washington one year later...
A painting of Tammany appears in Norwood’s book. He looks much like the man in the Redskins logo: same distinct nose, headdress and swept-back black hair.

>>Patriotic societies in Tammany’s honor sprouted first in Philadelphia and then around the land. New York City’s Tammany Hall, the Democratic Party machine led by Boss Tweed, was one of those organizations. A statue of Tammany in feather headdress graces the entrance to Tammany Hall.
In 1912, a prominent member of Tammany Hall, James Gaffney, purchased the Boston Rustlers, the city’s National League baseball team. But he soon renamed them the more alliterative Boston Braves and introduced the image of Tammany as the team’s logo.

>>Fast forward to 1932, when the NFL team now known as the Washington Redskins debuted as the Boston Braves. It was common at the time for upstart NFL teams to adopt the name of the established local baseball team. The new NFL team naturally adopted the same color scheme and logo: the face of King Tammany. The football Braves lasted only one year. The team moved from Braves Field to Fenway Park, home of the Red Sox, the following season. The young NFL franchise could no longer keep the name Braves. Yet the owners wanted to keep the tradition of red in the Boston uniform, the franchise’s Native American heritage and its image. And they wanted to pay tribute to their new home-field hosts.

>>The name Redskins fit perfectly on each front. The franchise kept the name Redskins when it was moved to Washington in 1937. Evidence exists Redskins founder George Preston Marshall was a racist. But the name Redskins is not racist. It defies reason that a racist would name a team for a race of people he despised. And he had nothing to do with the creation of the logo and its Native American identity. He merely adopted it from the Democrat Party operative Gaffney.


31 posted on 06/25/2014 1:36:15 PM PDT by raccoonradio
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To: Kaslin

Redskin Pride

Makes it harder for the libs to object to, for a variety of reasons....


32 posted on 06/25/2014 1:41:46 PM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: Kaslin
although, I do like the idea of simply changing the logo to a sunburned, bikini clad, model.....
33 posted on 06/25/2014 1:48:17 PM PDT by G Larry (Which of Obama's policies do you think I'd support if he were white?)
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To: Gene Eric

To avoid all this controversy over “names” just have the NFL name the teams, as an example: Team 1 from Washington. Team 2 from CA (add a suffix of ‘a’ and ‘b’ in case of more than one team from a state) - or simply Teams 1 - 32 ...


34 posted on 06/25/2014 2:31:58 PM PDT by SkyDancer (If you don't read the newspapers you are uninformed. If you do read newspapers you are misinformed)
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To: AllAmericanGirl44; Bigg Red; duckman; EDINVA; ELS; fatnotlazy; gaijin; Graewoulf; iceskater; ...
Ben Carson *Ping*

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35 posted on 06/25/2014 2:51:51 PM PDT by jazusamo (Sometimes I think that this is an era when sanity has become controversial: Thomas Sowell)
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To: raccoonradio

It’s had some interesting dips and twists, this name.

So could we call it the Washington Tammanys (Tammanies?)


36 posted on 06/25/2014 3:02:55 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Kaslin

Redskin ownership should consider taking a lesson from the musician Prince. Change the name of the team to a series of symbols and then they will be known as “ the football team formerly known as the Redskins “


37 posted on 06/25/2014 3:30:07 PM PDT by Cautious Optimism
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To: Kaslin

The Washington Huskies must change their name. It mocks fat little kids.


38 posted on 06/25/2014 4:16:15 PM PDT by Old Yeller (Anything is possible, if you don't know what you're talking about.)
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To: SkyDancer

DC Thin-skins...

Or as freeper coloeo said: Washington Thinskins

It works as a permanent reminder of who are ‘government servants’ really are...


39 posted on 06/25/2014 4:30:02 PM PDT by GOPJ (Hey IRS - those receipts you wanted? The dog ate 'em. -New Name:"Washington Thinskins" -FR. coloeo)
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