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NFL Is On The Wrong Side of History On This One

Lame justifications.

Lame justifications.

Come on Roger Goodell. Don’t be on the wrong side of history.

After receiving a letter from 10 members of Congress on May 13 urging him to remove the “racial, derogatory slur” from the name of one of his league’s marquee franchises, Goodell responded in a letter dated June 5 that was posted online by Indian Country Today Media Network on Tuesday. Goodell defended the moniker by citing the team’s rationale for choosing it in 1933 as well as it’s current meaning among fans.

“The Washington Redskins name has thus from its origin represented a positive meaning distinct from any disparagement that could be viewed in some other context,” Goodell wrote. “For the team’s millions of fans and customers, who represent one of America’s most ethnically and geographically diverse fan bases, the name is a unifying force that stands for strength, courage, pride and respect.”

He and others need to realize that it doesn’t matter what you try to pretty up the slur to mean, it is still a slur. And that it is such a public slur on an ethnic group that has already been horribly treated in this country makes it even worse. Can you imagine a team named with the “n-word”? Well to some native americans this is similar. Seems to me if there is ANY hurt involved in the name why use it? There are so many choices in the world that are harmless and not insulting.

Be not mistaken. This is about money and branding. And the cost involved in having to change the name and all the merchandising. But it would not be unprecedented. In fact another Washington team changed its name. The NBA franchise, The Washington Bullets, in response to concern that the name celebrated gun violence in a city racked with such violence, changed its name to the Washington Wizards. And the world did not end. Maybe some wizards were insulted somewhere. But otherwise, no big deal.

Here is a link to the full article and the great responses to Goodell’s statement.

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Mixed People Monday – Colin Kaepernick

The guys is a true baller.

The guys is a true baller.

The star San Francisco 49ers quarterback, was adopted, but his biological mother is white and his father is black.

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The Cowboys Cheerleader and Her Football Boyfriend

As I’ve written before one of the best and worst things about the Internet is that people can hide behind its anonymity and say what’s really on their minds. Which means all the racists out there can run amok.

One case in point this week is the piece online this week about the Dallas Cowboys cheerleader and her black boyfriend. You saw what he did on national TV above, now read the article below and especially the comments. The ugliness of some of the posters, and what they say about the girl, and him of course, is amazing. Clearly it is rooted in jealousy, of him because he makes so much money as an athlete and because he can get a pretty girl like a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader for his girlfriend, and also anger at her because she is so good looking and dared to show she doesn’t care about the color of her boyfriend.

It’s just amazing to me. But again, I am glad we can see how many of them think. And I enjoy that they have to see these relationships put right there in front of them, forcing them to deal with it. So kudos to him, her, and the network for showing this exchange on national TV and treating it the right way, as normal and a cute happening.

Here is the link to the article with the comments to check out.

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The Overreaction File – The “White” Michael Vick

Much ado about nothing.

I certainly believe we have a duty to stay diligent when it comes to calling out “racial” and ethnic stupidity, but I also believe it is very important to call people out when they cry racism unnecessarily. Doing so can be just as damaging as racism itself in some cases.

One of the latest examples of this is the continuing crying over the photo ESPN The Magazine used in conjunction with a story that asked the question, “What If Michael Vick Were White?” The magazine chose to use a computer generated image, at least it looks like that’s how they did it, of how Michael Vick would look if he were white. It was a provocative idea and one that accomplished it’s task of drawing attention to the story.

So regardless of the article’s content, which interestingly enough didn’t generate any controversy, an uproar developed over the “white face” Vick. For some reason some made a big stink about the image and making Vick white. They see it as a “racist” decision on the part of the magazine’s editors, who at first gave in to the uproar and removed the photo, replacing it with a regular picture of Vick. But then the editors came to their senses and realized the crying was ridiculous and they reposted the original “White Vick.”

Move along people. There’s no racism here. Just an idea and a way to draw attention to a provocative story. Sometimes a duck is just a duck. To read the article associated with the photo, click here.

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