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February 28, 2013

In our readers' opinions

Proud to be a Redskin

Why the hullabaloo over my Redskins?

I am a Redskin alumni who proudly played on all Redskin teams and wear the Redskin jersey during pick-up games — or with my boys. Nobody has inferred that I’m insensitive. The Redskin mascot is appropriate for our town so rich in Native American history. If I were of American Native decent I’d be mighty proud to see a community respect and memorialize my heritage with a Redskin mascot — to keep my people’s culture alive — to have their athlete teams symbolize our bravery. If the Native Americans differ, one might expect to hear drum beats long before now since Cooperstown has been the cradle for many tribes. But we don’t, leading us to question when is political correctness good or bad?

Clearly we needed corrective action to right our racial prejudices of the ‘50s. The politically correct process made us a more-just society. But today the process has morphed more into an ideology with too many cowering to the whims of a few protesters — whom often are not subjects of their own protests. Everyday words acceptable to most people are transformed into new buzz words more fitting to an ideology. Those failing to comply are shamed or intimidated, thus stifles many from speaking freely. It all starts so innocently, but when carried too far it becomes a slippery slope for any society as proven by ideologues like Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin and others.

Kids should be proud of their mascot and they can be by educating them on how the mascot is a symbol to memorialize our respect for the rich Native American culture and history so germane to our environment. Let’s put a positive spin on education and let our educators spend their energies making our kids smarter.

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