So the Washington Redskins should change their name. It’s offensive and problematic so it’s hard to understand why they bother holding on to it. A name isn’t thaaat important. Just ask Anthony Davis, a number one draft pick to the New Orleans Pelicans who’s stayed with the team despite their silly name. If the Pelicans can survive the embarrassment of a name like the Pelicans (and many have poked fun), hold on to a number one draft pick, and win games, any team name can. Basically, any alternative to the Redskins would be better than the Pelicans.
Last week, we told you that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones defended Redskins owner Dan Snyder’s refusal to change the team name, claiming that Snyder is inherently sympathetic because he’s Jewish. The claim lacks logic and became quick and easy fodder for The Onion, which published an article titled, “Redskins’ Kike Owner Refuses To Change Team’s Offensive Name.”
WASHINGTON—Denying widespread claims that the franchise is being offensive or disrespectful, the Washington Redskins’ kike owner announced Monday that he remains steadfast in his refusal to change the team’s derogatory name. “The Redskins represent 81 years of great history and tradition, and it’s a source of pride for our fans,” said the hook-nosed kike, stressing that the team’s insulting moniker is “absolutely not a racial slur by any means.” “‘Washington Redskins’ is much more than just a name. It stands for strength, courage, and respect—the very values that are so intrinsic to Native American culture.” The shifty-eyed hebe went on to assure fans that he will do “everything in his power” to preserve the team’s proud heritage.
Though the satirical article gets to the heart of Jones’ ignorant remark, now we’re simply left with an article filled with Jew slurs. We get the joke (it’s pretty funny), but shouldn’t we just focus on how absurd it is that after all the complaints, even from President Obama (!), Snyder has refused to change the name? Get it together and pick something else. Just not the Pelicans, please.
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