1. When late is worse than never. Reports say that the Washington Redskins will officially announce that they are changing their name, to what nobody knows, not even them. The team’s obnoxious owner, Dan Snyder, who has run the once cultishly popular and successful NFL franchise into the ground during his incompetent stewardship, had memorably said that he would never change the controversial team name, unquestionably the most politically incorrect in all of sports. That pledge did not anticipate his league going nuts and supine before the George Floyd Freakout, to the point that there may be mandatory kneeling by the time the 2020 season opens.
The attack on the Redskins name was always about power, as has been the decades-long assault on all team nicknames with ethnic references. Survey after survey has shown that the vast majority of Native Americans don’t care; the idea is to bring corporate interests to heel, and then aim at the next, more substantive objective. The competent way for a team to handle this problem is to quietly retire a problematic name like “Redskins” (or a anachronistically provocative logo like the Cleveland Indians’ Chief Wahoo) when the heat is off, making it clear that the change is volitional and not compelled. Then the social justice mob members can’t puff out their little pigeon chests with pride and think “I did this! What’s the next target?”
I don’t care what the D.C. team’s name is. I do care about dishonest and illogical arguments, which is what have been mounted against this name for as long as I can remember. That’s why the Redskins and related matters have so often been a topic here.
I did laugh yesterday when I read a comment predicting that Snyder would announce that the new name would be “the Washington Murderous Savages”…
2. A Nation Of Assholes, redux: ESPN suspended reporter Adrian Wojnarowski after he responded “Fuck you!” to Missouri’s Republican Senator Josh Hawley after Hawley referenced the NBA’s craven loyalty to China, a condition apparently mandated because of the NBA’s investments there. Wojnarowski apologized [NOT Hawley, as I originally wrote for some damn reason; he had nothing to apologize for] , but the question lingers: what has happened in the culture that would allow anyone in the media to think even for a second that such an outburst could be professional and acceptable? What muffled those ethics alarms?
3. “Idiots. All of them!” Doug Neff, the top writer for Fox News host Tucker Carlson has for years been posting misogynist, anti-gay and racist comments on an online forum that encourages such bile, CNN Business revealed this week. You cannot tell me that Carlson and others at Fox News had no idea, or rather you can tell me, but I won’t believe you. Some recent comments on the forum by Neff:
- On June 5:”Black doods staying inside playing Call of Duty is probably one of the biggest factors keeping crime down.”
- On June 24: “Honestly given how tired black people always claim to be, maybe the real crisis is their lack of sleep.”
Fox quickly released the required horrified condemnation (“Neff’s abhorrent conduct on this forum was never divulged to the show or the network until Friday…Make no mistake, actions such as his cannot and will not be tolerated at any time in any part of our work force.”) and Neff resigned.
4. Nah, there’s no mainstream media bias! USA Today reported that George Conway’s Trump-Hate group “The Lincoln Project” has pointed out that a pro- Trump T-shirt sported a logo “similar to a Nazi symbol.” The evidence:
The United States adopted the bald eagle as its national bird in 1792, and the symbol the Lincoln Project says is a Nazi reference is, among many other uses, visible on the U.S. Marines logo…
…and the logo for the Speaker of the House:
Nonetheless, here was the result of USA Today’s “fact check”:
That’s because, I guess, the Imperial eagle often used in Europe resembles the U.S.’s bald eagle symbol because eagles are similar to eagles. This means, of course, that President Trump is a Nazi. [Pointer: PJ Media]
5. At least “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” isn’t on the list: Here is the lsit of approved social justice messages that NBA players can have on the back of their jerseys when pro basketball resumes:
Black Lives Matter; Say Their Names; Vote; I Can’t Breathe; Justice; Peace; Equality; Freedom; Enough; Power to the People; Justice Now; Say Her Name; Sí Se Puede (Yes We Can); Liberation; See Us; Hear Us; Respect Us; Love Us; Listen; Listen to Us; Stand Up; Ally; Anti-Racist; I Am A Man; Speak Up; How Many More; Group Economics; Education Reform; and Mentor.
“The league and the players are uniquely positioned to have a direct impact on combating systemic racism in our country, and we are committed to collective action to build a more equal and just society,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. “A shared goal of our season restart will be to use our platform in Orlando to bring attention to these important issues of social justice.”
I can’t believe I’m reading this, much less writing about it. Talk about cynical grandstanding! Watching a millionaire athlete playing basketball with “Love Us” on his back is going to combat “systemic racism”? Is anyone so stupid as to believe this?
And where are “Give Peace A Chance” and “Ramalamadingdong”?