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November 3, 2013 - 4:58 am

The Washington Post is comfortable in the role of crusader.  Usually the crusade manifests itself against local Republican candidates.  Now the crusade as turned against the Washington Redskins.

Not content to write about balls and strikes, wins and losses, the sportswriters at the Post now fancy themselves cultural observers and political pundits.

Chief among the crusaders are sports columnists Mike Wise and Sally Jenkins.

The pair have done the impossible.  They’ve made Redskins owner Daniel Snyder look sympathetic.

Mike Wise

Mike Wise

Wise and Jenkins have teamed up with the familiar gang of race hustlers and identity activists to turn the Post sports section into a regular anti-Redskins crusade.  They must not be familiar with the term – unsubscribe (which one can do at 202-334-6100).

Today Wise waxes on about Roger Goodell being on the “wrong side of history,” as if he is Theodore Bilbo or George Wallace.

It’s the same familiar formula: 1) Small numeric minority shakes down powerful interest in the name of race; 2) Pavlovian response from lefty media follows.

Never mind the fact that most American Indians like the name Redskins.  Never mind the fact that almost 80 percent of Americans, including blacks and Hispanics, are just fine with the name.

Wise chats with a pal.

Wise chats with a pal.

Sally Jenkins isn’t much better.  She wrote this admittedly funny but totally intellectually dishonest satire about Snyder’s effort to explain to the Redskins fan base why the name is here to stay.

Sally Jenkins

Sally Jenkins

Jenkins and Wise are symptomatic of what else is wrong with Washington.  A small number of people who think they know better, and who possess power, seek to impose their views on the rest of the nation.  They are convinced they are more enlightened than the rest of us.  Their perch at the paper gives them asymmetrical leverage over the American people.

But most folks don’t think they are enlightened.  Most folks think they are nuts.

Mark Levin was right when he said the only offensive part of “Washington Redskins,” is Washington.

So Hail to the Redskins from this Steelers fan.  Wise and Jenkins have done the impossible.  In making the Redskins the victim of yet another race hustling campaign, they’ve made them a team to cheer.

J. Christian Adams is an election lawyer who served in the Voting Rights Section at the U.S. Department of Justice. His New York Times bestselling book is Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department (Regnery).  His website is www.electionlawcenter.com. Follow him on Twitter @electionlawctr.

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Wise recounts a story he once heard that "redskins" represents a bounty put on skinned Indians back in some non-specific historical period. Problem is it's not even hinted at in the Oxford English Dictionaries (which are pretty indisputable even to a newspaper guy) and if there was a bounty, it was probably based on Indian scalps - I mean, do you have any idea how tough it would be to skin an entire person? And then, they were probably called "scalps" since "redskins" referred to entire, living Indians, at least back to the 17th century (thanks, OED). In other words, it's made up. Wise was suspended for a month a couple of years ago for making things up. This time, he apparently believes himself.
41 weeks ago
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Greetings:

I was never much of a "literature" fan during my academic years and even less so for "poetry", but there is a concept from the latter that I have managed to retain and that I think is applicable to this teapot of tempest but seems to have escaped the many wordsmiths eager to share their wit and wisdom or things somewhat similar.

Teachers of poetry, or at least the few under whose purview I fell, discriminate between "denotation" and "connotation". Simply put the "denotation" in the dictionary definition of the word, what it is commonly accepted to mean. "Connotation", on the other hand, is the meaning that is inferred by the where, when, and how the word is actually used to convey meaning. It can be the same as the "denotation" or it can be somewhat or even largely different.

Thus, "denotationally", "Redskins" is probably not a nice word to use and this would appear to be supported by its very random use. "Connotationally", though, there is no logic to naming a sports team with a derogatory term. This is what I see somewhat poetically as two team names passing in the night.
41 weeks ago
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Don't follow football much anymore but any attempt to force the Redskins to change their name to something more politically correct should only garner the Washington Post a huge politically incorrect FU.
41 weeks ago
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I hope Dan Snyder,(who in fairness is no-one's idea of a sweetheart owner), pulls media boxes and the other goodies from the press organizations that sign onto this jihad against his team.

If they want to watch the game, let them buy a ticket and sit in the cheap seats.

Similarly, It would be something to black out any Redskins games scheduled to be broadcast on NBC. Treat the football fans to 3 hours of Bob Costas' bloviating.

Furthermore, I hope that he bars his players and coaches from talking to reporters from these organizations.

If folks want to read what RGIII or London Fletcher thought of the game, let them read it in the Washington Times.
41 weeks ago
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Where was Jenkins on this 10 years ago, 20 years ago? Are we to believe if she can't lead a crusade against a frickin' nickname that she would've bucked the tide enough 80 or 100 years ago to justify the high-handed tone of her article?

Judging by that and her defense of Lance Armstrong's lies, 100 years ago Jenkins probably would've been selling Indians pork pies with no pork or pie.

Jenkins is just another PC rat who fancies she would've assassinated Cortes or Columbus if she was their second-in-command.

Actually she probably would've - to get more slaves for her farm.
41 weeks ago
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Anyone who doesn't like the team's official name can simply scramble the letters and call them the Washington Red Inks.
41 weeks ago
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Did the Washington Post ever run the Muhammed cartoons? No. Why not? Because the editorial staff are a bunch of cowards.

Their calls for Daniel Snyder to follow the same path of appeasement come from the same pit of cowardice.
41 weeks ago
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If I were the team's owner the only new name I would consider would be something that accurately reflected the image of the ruling elite. Something like:

"Washington DC Slimeballs"
"Washington Bloodsuckers"
"Washington Criminals"
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