Columbus And The Redskins (October 14, 2013)

. . .

1          “Columbus Day lands at a fortuitous time between Labor Day and Veteran’s Day and keeps the steady cycle of holidays and spending sprees rolling along.”

2          “The summer, 2014 lines of consumer goods and bads have already been rolled out at a few malls.”

1          “We are mauled at the malls.  And the day arrives just in time for the great debate over the team’s name.”

2          “The name is not used disparagingly.  The name is part of the tradition and history and culture of the team.  Leave it.  Address real problems.”

1          “Western man invaded the continent and used a great Zamboni moving from east to west to scrape the Natives off their land and deposit them on patches of unproductive dirt.  And then we use a term to refer to the dispossessed that is not endearing.”

2          “And introduced germs and genocide.  And grew the gross domestic product of the newly formed United States of America by stealing land from the Red man and liberty from the Black man.  All true and all troubling.  Yet the name is positive in context and has positive connotations in practice.” 

1          “The individuals who dislike the use of the name are organized and zealous.  Those who like or tolerate the name are not organized and may not be as passionate.  The vocal group will compel a change in the next few years.”

2          “Seems to me that we need to pause, catch our breath and reflect on what really matters.”

. . .

[See the “e-ssay” titled Skip the Nobel in Economics? (Oct. 6, 2009) for its continuing relevance to today’s announcement.]

[See the “e-ssays” titled The First Look At The “Second Political Party” (January 3, 2011) and Immanentize The Eschaton: Move To Sunny Somalia (December 20, 2010) for some perspective on the current global political climate change.]

Bumper stickers of the week:

Go Redskins

Go Skins

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