Video: I personally wouldn’t use “Redskins,” says … Charles Krauthammer

posted at 6:41 pm on October 16, 2013 by Allahpundit

An unfortunate corollary to the left’s big push to make changing the team’s name the new bien-pensant cause celebre. I say “unfortunate” not because Krauthammer’s opinion is unfortunate — he makes the case against “Redskins” as effectively and unsanctimoniously as anyone could — but unfortunate in the sense that people who are repelled by liberal self-righteousness over an issue that the left discovered five minutes ago will end up wanting to oppose them on the underlying issue, whatever the actual merits of their position. A month ago, whether you thought “Redskins” was tacky or just fine, you probably didn’t care much either way. A month later, with Obama having weighed in and MSNBC having informed you that you’re a new George Wallace if you disagree, the temptation is to embrace “Redskins” in a big bear hug just to offer a well-deserved middle finger to self-congratulatory progressives. It’s not really about the word anymore, in other words; if anything, there’s a temptation to back “Redskins” to the hilt now just because it annoys smug liberals. So on the one hand we’ve got lefties screeching about bigotry and on the other we’ve got irritated fans shouting “Redskins! Redskins!” in hopes of offending them. That seems … not like progress.

The upshot is, Krauthammer’s going to get accused here of selling out to political correctness even though he strains to make clear that he’s not accusing people who disagree him of bad motives. Oh well. For what it’s worth, a majority of people polled in D.C. by the Oneida Indian Nation say they’d still back the team even if the name is changed. There’s still a large “don’t care much either way” contingent, in other words, just less of one every day.

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Kraut is an offensive word in reference to Germans during WWII. I think his entire family should change its name.

anticucho on October 16, 2013 at 6:58 PM

And hammer means, well, hammer. So, Charles supports hitting Krauts, I mean Germans, with hammers! What a bully! Unbelievable violence. This has to stop…now…for the children!

NavyMustang on October 17, 2013 at 7:17 AM

Washington Veterans.

Bmore on October 17, 2013 at 7:29 AM


Bmore on October 17, 2013 at 7:29 AM

Krauthammer is too much of a baseball fan to care about Pro Football. To me, “redskin” is no more offensive than “paleface.” The more important question is the slippery slope: If we make “redskins” offensive who’s next? Cowboys? They killed Indians. Indians? They really weren’t Indians, so that’s offensive.

Etc. etc. etc. ad effing nauseum…

Pest on October 17, 2013 at 8:19 AM

Change all the names of towns, rivers, streets or anything that sounds like an American Indian name, is this whats ahead of us? Drive through New England and look at the color of the leaves and notice all the names of the towns and villages, here in NY we have the Chemung River, Oswego River, Seneca and towns names Chemug and others just too many to name.

mixplix on October 17, 2013 at 8:25 AM

This is the name of a football team. They are not pointing a finger at someone and using it as a racial slur. It’s been used for 80 years or so. CK needs to look at the context, too.

Kissmygrits on October 17, 2013 at 10:28 AM

If we make “redskins” offensive who’s next? Cowboys?

Yes. Based on the way they’ve played over the last two decades, Cowpatties is apt.

rukiddingme on October 17, 2013 at 12:01 PM

Upon further review, Krauthammer and Costas remained silent over the “Let the Red Man get ahead, man” slur applauded by the throng during Obama’s first inauguration. That wasn’t in reference to a football team but was a direct slur against Native Americans.

They are dismissed.

Christien on October 17, 2013 at 12:01 PM

So your no longer sent to Room 101 of the reeducation camp. The room comes to you.

The beating will continue until moral improves.


donabernathy on October 17, 2013 at 12:52 PM

“Washington Blackbirds.” And watch Eleanor Holmes Norton do her nut!

PersonFromPorlock on October 17, 2013 at 6:24 PM

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