Monday, May 6, 2013

Skins or Tails?

   It would seem out of nowhere, select few are trying to change the Redskins' name. David Grosso, a member of the D.C. Council, is only adding fuel to this fire. He is planning to submit a resolution to the council for the Redskins to change their name, calling it "racist and derogatory."
   Grosso suggests the name be changed to the "Redtails" because it would honor the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African-American aviators who served this country in World War II. However, if we want to get technical about racism, the Redtails could be even more offensive — since they were a group of all black pilots, that must mean Grosso thinks all Redskins players are black. Maybe he should reconsider this idea of his. Mayor Vincent Gray is probably his best friend on this subject, for he too thinks the name should be changed.
   Acting as if he owns the team, Grosso later said, "You can still sing the song and everything," as if that will make his plan sound more enticing. But no, it does not end there with his marvelous ideas — Redtails was just one suggestion he had in mind. He later added that, "you can still keep the feather." Embarrassing himself even further, he modified the team's fight song by singing, "Hail to the Redtails." Apparently he's a singer and song writer now.
   Robert Griffin III had something to say about this absurd proposal. He tweeted, "In a land of freedom we are held hostage by the tyranny of political correctness." A few hours later, he added, "Tyranny- 'a condition imposed by some outside agency or force < living under the tyranny of the clock' or political correctness...." While it's not written on the walls, it is fairly obvious that he is referring to people attempting to make his team's name more politically correct.
   Dan Snyder owns the team, nobody else. Therefore, he will call the team whatever he wants — and that will be the Washington Redskins. Perhaps Mr. Grosso should focus on more important matters that need attention. Hail To The Redskins!