There’s a certain sort of modern irony–a sweet, sweet irony–in the uproar among the very small minority in the media, academia, and in the public at large who find the Washington Redskins to be an offensive team nickname. That is, it would be sweet, if the preposterous nature of the public crusade didn’t involve real attempts to ruin real people. For several years there have been those in the sports media: Michael Silver and Bob Costas, for example; those in the political sphere like Barack Obama and Senate Democrats, and those professional offense-takers and publicity hounds, such as Ray Halbritter and Amanda Blackhorse who equate the naming of a football team the Redskins as akin to using the “N” word for a team nickname.
Let’s pause for a moment. If we are discussing the relative offensiveness of two words and you won’t even say one of them, you already lose. By your own standard.