There has been a bunch of yapping going on lately about the Washington Redskins being offensive. I say, so what? If someone is offended, that’s okay. There are others who are flattered by the name and some of them would no doubt be offended if it were changed.
Too much attention is given to not hurting the feelings of a few sensitive individuals. The old saying is that you can’t please all of the people all of the time. These names were not given out of spite. In fact they honor a heritage and symbolize bravery and athleticism. Frankly for a few individuals to demand that the rest of the world cater to their indignance is, well, offensive!
There was yet another incident in a school where a child was ridiculed and humiliated by the administration for something that should have been totally harmless. This child brought a cherished souvenir from the 9/11 ceremony to school. It was an empty shell casing that had been handed out by veterans. Not a bullet, not a weapon, not dangerous to anyone. Yet the school threatened this 7-year old with 10 days of suspension and ended up giving him a “lighter punishment” of sitting by himself for silent lunches and missing recess for two days. You can read the details here.
But the damage is deeper than that. This child may very well have scars for the rest of his life. He may never trust adults or may lose faith in his values and beliefs because the very people he trusted to guide him betrayed his confidence and made him feel like a criminal when he broke no laws and harbored no ill intent.
If this were an isolated incident there would be no cause for concern. Unfortunately it is not. Children are suspended for having a cough drop, eating a toaster pastry into a shape that someone thinks resembles a banned object or just for pointing a finger at someone else (it could be loaded, you know)!
This politically correct society has lost sight of reason. When will people snap out of this haze and start actually thinking about what they are doing and what message they are sending to the students? When will the parents of these persecuted kids stop allowing the school systems to victimize their children? Enough is enough!