When speaking about the team name of the Washington football franchise, former Chicago Bears head coach Mike Ditka ridiculed those who are opposed Redskins’ name.
“It was said out of reverence, out of pride to the American Indian,” he said in the interview. “Even though it was called a Redskin, what are you going to call them, a Brownskin?
“This is so stupid it’s appalling, and I hope that owner keeps fighting for it and never changes it, because the Redskins are part of an American football history, and it should never be anything but the Washington Redskins. That’s the way it is.”-Mike Ditka, Redskins Historian
If anything, Ditka’s interview with the Redskins fan site served more as an attack on liberals than anything else.
But the growing debate over the Redskins’ name is irrelevant. This is not about politics. This is about discrimination.
It’s a rather simple concept.
If an individual or group take offense to something that they interpret as discriminating, then, it is in fact discrimination.
Native Americans take offense to the Redskins’ name for the Washington football franchise. Therefore, not only is the name discriminating, it is racist.
Unfortunately for Ditka, the former head coach used the same sense of discrimination and racism that has placed Redskins’ owner Dan Snyder under scrutiny. That often is the problem in debates such as these. There is no question that everyone is entitled their opinion. However, the opinions of those defending discriminating concepts often mirror the discriminating thought of the concept. When a defense can not be made without a discriminatory sentiment, then it is a flawed defense of a flawed concept.
Dan Snyder is a man of many flaws, and those that defend his stance such as Ditka, are only adding to the problem.