It isn’t just in Dallas, this epidemic of sensationalism is happening on a national level. It isn’t the writer’s faults. This is what their publications and editors want. We pay the price of having poor quality articles to read because of the insatiable need for the sensational.
I’m not a Washington Redskins fan by any wild stretch of the imagination. In fact if you ask me whether I’d rather wear a Redskins jersey for 15 seconds or get kicked in the pills, I’m going to brace for the kick. I do not respect the Redskins History of racism. I don’t respect the racist mascot name, and I am glad to see some national publications doing what they can to apply pressure for change.
There are some who would call this support of political correctness. I don’t agree at all. The fact of the matter is if the team in Washington, our nation’s capital, was going to be an expansion team added to the NFL this year, there is no way in hell they would be called the Redskins. If it is wrong for right now, why is it wrong to want it changed to move past the past? I just don’t think it is. This is a team that integrated Black players only after pressure from the Kennedy Administration. They changed their team fight song to remove the references of fighting for “Old Dixie” yet they cling to the mascot name. This in a town that changed their basketball mascot name from Bullets to Wizards. It doesn’t make sense to cling to that racist past.
Back when the Redskins excluded Black players their legendary writer, Shirley Povich, wrote a great line about the great Jim Brown after the Cleveland Browns had beaten the Redskins. He wrote, “Jim Brown, who was born genetically incapable of playing for the Redskins, integrated their end zone three times.” I consider that one of the most masterfully written lines in sports History. The “genetically incapable” comment is a clear reference to the policies of Nazi Germany and reminds us of the triumphs of Jesse Owens over Adolf Hitler’s superior Aryan athletes in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. The “integrated” comment was clearly a reference to not only the Jim Crow laws of the segregated South, but also the landmark Brown versus Topeka, Kansas School Board of Education segregation Supreme Court Ruling.