The NFL’s Washington Redskins will be forced to change its name to something less offensive and more politically correct, radio giant Rush Limbaugh is predicting.
“The Redskins are gonna have to change the name of the team. That’s what’s gonna happen,” Limbaugh said on Wednesday’s program. “We’re gonna have to acknowledge that that’s the direction everything’s headed, and the pressure is now being brought to bear. … The Redskins are ultimately going to cave and change the name of the team. That’s my prediction.”
Limbaugh was reacting to a column by Washington Post writer Courtland Milloy, who suggested the team’s lack of post-season success and its knee injury to star quarterback Robert Griffin III was nothing more than “bad karma” for using the name “Redskins,” a term some feel is racist or demeaning toward Native Americans.
Milloy wrote: “Does anyone really believe that the name ‘Redskins’ will survive the 21st century? Other than the people who probably thought white actors in blackface would survive the 20th? The genocide of Native peoples, like America’s other original sin, slavery, cannot be forever masked with caricatures of the dead.”
Milloy’s column added:
Washington’s professional football team has raked up one disappointing season after another since 1992 – the year D.C. resident Suzan Harjo became the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit seeking to change the team’s disparaging name.
Although Harjo lost that legal battle on a technicality, a group of younger Native Americans have filed a similar lawsuit – Blackhor se et al v. Pro-Football, Inc. Justice may yet be served.
“The term ‘redskins’ is the most vile and offensive term used to describe Native Americans,” Harjo told the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs in 2011. “It is most disturbing to the overwhelming majority of Native Americans throughout the country that the professional football team in the nation’s capital uses a team name that demeans us.”
“This is so absurd,” said Limbaugh, himself a former NFL analyst for ESPN.
“I’m afraid that if I treat it seriously I’ll lose IQ points to assert that there’s bad karma around the Redskins because of their racist mascot name and that’s why RGIII blew out his knee, or deserved to have it blown out, and why the Redskins deserve to lose, and why the Seahawks deserve to win, because they honor native peoples with their mascot.”