Everybody’s a Victim…

It’s been a while since I’ve posted any new material here. I’ve been on a hiatus of sorts, wondering if what any of us say really matters anymore but I have gotten feed back and opportunities recently that I never thought I would possible and it has made me realize that more people read this site than I could have realized.

With that being said,  I will continue to post relevant news stories and opinion with renewed energy and vigor, combining politics, current events, music and culture , the latest item in the news that I would like to comment on is the Washington Redskins “controversy”.

One of the Redskins’ biggest critics has been Nevada Senator Harry Reid who has launched an all out effort, declaring war on the franchise until it changes its name.

The latest salvo in this war comes in the form of the U.S. Patent Office denying team’s owner a renewal of trademark rights to the Redskins moniker.

The Washington Times reports:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who is literally wrong about everything, vowed this week to boycott Washington Redskins games until team owner Daniel Snyder changes the name. That’s right, the man who lives in the Ritz-Carlton is going to tough it out and give up his Sundays in a luxurious skybox at FedEx Field. How brave.

And on Wednesday, after the U.S. Patent Office, an arm of the Obama administration, issued a ruling to strip Mr. Snyder of trademark rights on the team name, the Nevada Democrat gloated:

Daniel Snyder may be the last person in the world to realize this, but it is just a matter of time until he is forced to do the right thing This issue regarding the name ‘Redskins‘ is so important to them. Every time they hear this name, it is a sad reminder of a long tradition of racism and bigotry. Daniel Snyder says this is about tradition. I ask: What tradition? A tradition of racism is all that name leaves in its wake.”

But, again, Mr. Reid is wrong. Completely and totally wrong.

The online Oxford Dictionary says this: “‘Redskin’ is first recorded in the late 17th century and was applied to the Algonquian peoples generally, but specifically to the Delaware (who lived in what is now southern New York state and New York City, New Jersey, and eastern Pennsylvania). Redskin referred not to the natural skin color of the Delaware, but to their use of vermilion face paint and body paint.”

What was that, Harry?

Smithsonian Institution senior linguist Ives Goddard (who might just be a bit more trustworthy than Mr. Reid) went further, saying in 2005 that the term’s genesis was not derogatory. When it first appeared, “it came in the most respectful context and at the highest level,” Mr. Goddard told The Washington Post. “These are white people and Indians talking together, with the white people trying to ingratiate themselves.”

In fact, Mr. Goddard found, the earliest usages of “redskin” came from American Indians themselves in “statements made in 1769 by Illinois tribal chiefs involved in delicate negotiations with the British to switch loyalties away from the French,” the Post wrote.“‘I shall be pleased to have you come to speak to me yourself,’ said one statement attributed to a chief named Mosquito. ‘And if any redskins do you harm, I shall be able to look out for you even at the peril of my life.’ The French used the phrase ‘peaux rouges’ — literally ‘red skins’ — to translate the chief’s words.”

Isn’t it comforting knowing that the Demokrats are more concerned in the day to day details of the National Football League, than opening the flood gates of the U.S. border with Mexico, trading terrorists for traitors and letting Iraq burn to the ground?
Everybody’s a victim these days, which leads us to a bonus Weekend Music Feature, courtesy of  Marc Marshall via Facebook.  Here is a 2001 performance of The Proclaimers singing “Everybody’s a Victim” on Scottish television 🙂

About aldermanlacy

I am just an average blue collar American who works hard and tries to be a good dad. I have a passion for history, music and freedom.

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