Skip to comments.Why the Left's Preoccupation with the Redskins?
Posted on 07/02/2014 8:38:11 AM PDT by rhema
Given how much evil there is in the world; given how many signs of moral, intellectual and economic decline there are here in America; and given the increasing irrelevance of America to world events, it is fair to ask why the American Left is preoccupied with the name Washington "Redskins."
The Washington Redskins have been in existence for 82 years. For about 80 of those years, virtually no one, including the vast majority of American Indians, was troubled by the name.
Yet, it is now of such importance to the American left that the majority leader of the United States Senate has repeatedly demanded, from the floor of the United States Senate, that the team drop its name; 50 United States senators, all of them Democrats, have signed an open letter demanding the same; Sports Illustrated's Peter King no longer uses the name; other leading sportswriters have adopted the same practice; and the president of the United States has weighed in on the issue.
The pressure is relentless. There is more concern in the pages of the Washington Post and the New York Times -- not to mention the rest of the left -- with the Redskins than with Internal Revenue Service targeting conservative groups for investigation, one of its division heads pleading the Fifth Amendment before Congress, and the Agency's losing all relevant emails and hard drives.
The angry will tell you that the name "Redskins" is profoundly offensive to American Indians and that they -- the angry -- are simply more sensitive to racial slurs than others.
This explanation is self-serving, but insufficient.
The great majority of American Indians understandably just don't care. Like heterosexual AIDS and so many other crises, this has been entirely manufactured by the left. Since 1947, there has been a movie theater, the Redskins Theatre (with the same logo as the football team), in Anadarko, Oklahoma, a city whose population is divided evenly between Indians and whites, and which calls itself the "Indian Capital of the Nation." Why, in 67 years, have the Indian populations of Anadarko and Oklahoma not changed this theater's name?
Because the left hadn't made it an issue. It's not an Indian issue; it's a left-wing issue.
And why is the left so preoccupied?
It isn't because they are more morally sensitive to injustice. That is what the left believes about itself. But there are other reasons for the manufactured hysteria about the Redskins name. Here are some:
First, there is a rule in life: Those who do not confront the greatest evils will confront much lesser evils or simply manufacture alleged evils that they then confront. This has been a dominant characteristic of the Left for at least half a century. The greatest evils since World War II have been Communism and, since the demise of Communism in the Soviet Union and most other Communist countries, violent Islam -- or, as it often called, Islamism. Islamism is the belief that Sharia (Islamic law) must be imposed wherever possible on a society, beginning, of course, with Muslim-majority countries. These Islamists are, as the British historian Andrew Roberts has noted, the fourth incarnation of fascism -- first there was fascism, then Nazism, then communism, and now Islamism.
For many years, most of the Western left was supportive of communism, and after the 1960s, it was simply hostile to anti-communists. The left was far more concerned with attacking America than with attacking the Soviet Union. So, too, today, the left is far more concerned with attacking America -- its alleged racism, sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia and economic inequality -- than with fighting Islamism.
Second, the corollary to the above is that those who do not fight the greatest evils invariably loathe those who do. The left hated American anti-communists much more than it hated communists. The left today hates traditional America much more than it hates traditional Islamists. The Redskins name is a symbol of that hated America.
Third, the left has huge nostalgia for the sixties. In the left's eyes, virtually every one of its causes is as morally urgent as the civil rights battles on behalf of blacks (for which it falsely claims exclusive credit). Therefore getting the Redskins to change their name is a contemporary expression of working to give blacks full voting rights.
Fourth, aside from tearing down another American tradition, and showing how awful America was and remains, the motivating issue here is left-wing self-esteem. Remember it was the left that developed the self-esteem movement. And nobody feels as good about themselves as the left does when it finds another American moral flaw, especially when that flaw is another example of "intolerance," and racism.
Fifth, and finally, the left is totalitarian at heart. Whenever possible, they seek control of others; and they love to throw their considerable weight around. The left-wing president does it so often that the Supreme Court has unanimously shot down his attempts on a dozen occasions. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, under huge pressure from leftists, just dropped conservative Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist George Will. Under pressure from left-wing professors and students, Brandeis and other universities dropped the few conservative speakers they had invited to this year's commencement exercises.
Forcing the Redskins to do their will is just the left's latest attempt to force its views on the vast majority of its fellow citizens. That's why it's worth fighting for the Redskins. Today it's the Redskins,tomorrow it's you.
The left gloms onto trivia. The left have decided that Indians should be offended by the Redskins name. So, they are taking up the cause of cleansing America of Indian nicknames.
Irony is that many of these liberals aren’t even football fans or follow sports at all. But they are busy bodies who will tell the rest of us how to live.
Reminds me a bit of the reaction to the Obama rodeo clown at the rodeo. The liberals who were agahst at that know nothing about the rodeo, and do not follow rodeo. Yet they knew all about how allegedly disrespectful it was to have an Obama masked rodeo clown.
If I were a Redskin, I’d be offended that they use the name Washington.
In truth, no one is troubled by the name today.
A few leftists with an agenda dishonestly claim to be offended. They have the backing of the Democrat Party and the Obama Administration.
Anything to distract attention away from Obama’s scandals and failures.
Democrats just throw poop against the wall to see what sticks.
They don’t really care about the name, it’s merely a way to give themselves another front from which to fight their war on America.
I’m wondering if maybe theres a simpler reason. Maybe the owner of Redskin got some left wingers angry (maybe something was said, donated to wrong ppl, refused to donate), so they manufactured some reason to get revenge
You stole my joke. : )
It is the Democrat way. ALWAYS complain and carp about EVERYTHING! They need to have free enterprise and capitalism always on the defense while they are out there murdering tens of thousand of unborn babies each year.
There's times Dennis Prager can think so far outside the box - and with such insight that it's spooky... This article - all of it - is one of those times.
Me, too. Like someone in the patent office getting a healthy kickback from sale of redskins ripped off logo. It’s always about money in the end.
“Don’t you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? Has it ever occurred to your, Winston, that by the year 2050, at the very latest, not a single human being will be alive who could understand such a conversation as we are having now? The whole climate of thought will be different. In fact, there will be no thought, as we understand it now. Orthodoxy means not thinkingnot needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness.” - Syme
“It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when you were in any public place or within range of a telescreen. The smallest thing could give you away. A nervous tic, an unconscious look of anxiety, a habit of muttering to yourselfanything that carried with it the suggestion of abnormality, of having something to hide. In any case, to wear an improper expression on your face was itself a punishable offense. There was even a word for it in Newspeak: facecrime ”
Yes. I love that man.
DING! DING! DING! We have a winner!!!
simply something to take EVERYONES mind off obammy’s screwing America.
Nothing to see now move along. You want an audit?
Maybe a re-edumacation camp?
The Left hates particularities, because the Left is collectivist. Hatred of particularities means that natural categories are to be abolished, which is most easily accomplished through the manufactured narrative that they’re hateful.
I’ve actually lived in Communist countries. Above all, Leftists feel politics and government are always greater than society, so politics and government should always be in control of issues that should be left to society.
The “constant struggle” is a key component of far left politics. The constant beat of the drum on race, supposed inequality, sex, etc... is a tactic for controlling debate and keeping (their) politics always at the forefront of the public’s eye.