By now most people have heard about the ongoing controversy surrounding the NFL football team known as the Washington Redskins. Many feel that the “Redskins” name is racist and derogatory toward Native Americans.
At this point in the debate it’s no longer a matter of if, but when will the Washington Redskins change their mascot. Because it’s like any other debate. There comes a tipping point in most debates where one side either fades away or gains so much momentum that the end result becomes inevitable.
That’s what’s happened here. The momentum is clearly on the side of those who want the name changed. And I promise you, it’s going to eventually happen.
All that being said, Hall of Fame coach and ESPN analyst Mike Ditka recently weighed in on the controversy, making some rather inflammatory comments about those who think the name should be changed:
“What’s all the stink over the Redskin name? It’s so much horsesh*t it’s incredible. We’re going to let the liberals of the world run this world. It was said out of reverence, out of pride to the American Indian.”
He also went on to say he wasn’t very “tolerant when it comes to the liberals who complain about everything.”
Though I will agree that some liberals can be too politically correct, he’s way off base with his comments. This isn’t a political issue of liberal vs. conservative. It’s an issue of racism toward Native Americans.
Well, Sarah Palin decided to chime on the whole situation. And boy did she once again prove what a massive hypocrite she is.
Palin defended Ditka, who might possibly be fired from ESPN, on her Facebook page:
Nothing should surprise us lately; but when the Politically Correct Police bust Ditka, they hope the silent majority will cower under leftist control. My goodness, Ditka merely spoke his mind. This accomplished and esteemed coach knows there are big issues to be addressed in America today; there’s no intent to offend by referring to a team by the name they’ve proudly worn since day one and chose with pride in our native ancestry and obviously had absolutely no intent to insult; and the liberal media’s made-up controversies divide our country. The government’s intent to force any owner of anything, in this case an NFL entity, to change a name is the antithesis of the American way of working through differences. Ditka said he actually likes the Washington Redskins, and he’s a man full of commonsense and admired patriotism. Still, I must disagree with Coach Ditka after reading his full statement.
He thinks the name should always be Washington Redskins, as a source of pride? Take the word “Washington” out and I’ll agree the team name is a great source of pride.
Aside from her “joke” at the end, her hypocrisy and ignorance is astounding.
The term “Redskins” isn’t a “source of pride.” Not at all. While I’m not saying everyone has to find the name itself offensive, to suggest that it’s a “source or pride,” when many Native Americans find the word to be incredibly racist, shows how ignorant she is.
Though “ignorance” and “Sarah Palin” have become synonymous since 2008.
Obviously she’s forgotten how she previously called for Martin Bashir to be punished after he made some less than ideal comments about her a while back.
She said at the time, “As for the networks condoning those types of statements, because there’s been no punishment of the fella who said these words, that’s hypocrisy.”
Hypocrisy like – calling for Bashir to be punished by the company for which he works after making remarks some found offensive… then defending Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson after he was suspended for making comments many found highly offensive?
Because that’s exactly what Palin did. She had no issues with Bashir eventually being forced to resign for what he said, but had the gall just a short while later to publicly defend Robertson against punishment by A&E for comments he made.
Now she’s back claiming that Ditka has the right to free speech and shouldn’t possibly face termination for what he said.
Our First Amendment rights give us the freedom to say almost whatever we want without fear of criminal prosecution. Our First Amendment does not protect us from facing repercussions from our employers, or other private entities, for things we say.
Especially when you’re a public figure representing a network.
Palin once again proved that she’s tolerant (even supportive) of racism and she has no problem being an absolute hypocrite.