Most people I interact with should be happy that I engage in some level of
The answer to the Washington Redskin dilemma is simple as proposed by a
Washington sports columnist. The problem is not with the name but with the
logo. Change the logo from an Indian brave to a potato and the problem is
Mr McMurphy I believe the correct name would then be"potato skins".
Perhaps Idaho would object.
Political Correctness comes from communism,.Communists had political
officers to control the words, thoughts and deeds of other.It is a
concept we should run the other way from.Our founding fathers wisely
decided freedom was our course.Only the politically correct extreme
left has issues with team names.
@ the truth: Political correctness in the U.S. started when religious
individuals decided they did not want their children exposed to curse words at
school or in other public places. From there it expanded to actually addressing
words that denigrate others.
"Redskin" is a derogatory slur based upon skin color"Is
the use of white, black and brown for skin color derogatory also?
The best answer for RichardB, I think, is "sometimes." Describing
someone as, for instance, a "white guy" carries no stigma. Taft's
description of Filipinos, however, as our "little brown brothers" has a
demeaning quality. Grouping people by skin color is usually unwise because it
frequently is used to attach a non-color quality to everyone in a racial group.
We're better off just treating other people as individuals, and with
respect. I don't think doing so will turn us into communists.
What others call "political correctness," I often call common courtesy
or respect. I don't know why it is so objectionable to so many people to
treat others as they would want to be treated.
Sorry, but there are ample discrimination laws that would apply to any
employment or housing discrimination. We don't need any more. There are
remedies already in place. Besides, if I was a woman using the restroom, I
wouldn't want a guy in the same room doing their business as I, no matter
how he dresses.
@ Flashback: You would never know if an individual sharing the locker or
restroom with you was a trans individual. And chances are you have shared
locker and restrooms with one or two before.
Kalindra, bet I haven't.
@RichardB:"Is the use of white, black and brown for skin color
derogatory also?"No reference to skin color is derogatory or
racist. After all, we are a nation of differing skin colors, and it's all
good. Perhaps the Utes should change from 'Redskins' to
'Blackskins' to honor our African American brothers who dominate the