POLITICAL CORRECTNESS AND THE REDSKINS

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It seems no one wants to be “politically correct” these days, the term having descended into a code word for weakness or an over-exaggerated sensitivity to minorities.

Take the word “Redskins,” for example. The California legislature recently banned schools from using “Redskins” as their team mascot in response to lobbying by Native Americans who consider the word a racial slur. None the less, Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins, has stubbornly refused to change his team’s name under similar pressure.

Donald Trump and Jeb Bush agree with Mr. Snyder calling the name change an unnecessary form of “political correctness.” Earlier, Trump had said that “the big problem that this country has is being politically correct … I frankly don’t have time for total political correctness, and to be honest with you, this country doesn’t have time either. This country is in big trouble. We don’t win anymore.”

Here’s My Take: Faith is not about winning or losing (“So the last shall be first and the first last …” Matt. 20:16). It’s about lifting up the weak and having compassion for the outcast and the rejected. Sometimes this requires giving up divisive symbols – Confederate flags, “Redskins,” etc. – for the common good. Perhaps “faithfully correct” is a better term for this sensitivity than “politically correct.”

Speaking of losers, the Washington Redskins have a dismal 7-25 win/loss record for the past two years and are losing again this year (2-4). “This team is in big trouble,” to paraphrase Mr. Trump. Maybe it’s time for a name change.

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