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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – The name ‘Redskins’ means many things to many people. For some, it’s the name of Washington’s professional football team. For others, it’s an offensive slur which should be stricken from sports.
Norton, who traditionally falls on the side of free speech — especially considering the nature of his uncensored satellite radio show — wants the name to be changed, but not because he finds it offensive.
“It’s because I think that major league sports — I don’t think that it was intended to be racist at all, I don’t think that they’re racists, I think the intention was good — but they don’t caricature — and I say ‘they’ meaning all sports — any other group,” Norton said.
“I know there’s the Fighting Irish, but 95 percent of all the caricatures are of American Indians,” he said. “And maybe the Indians don’t care. Fine. It’s because they don’t have the guts to do it to any other culture. It’s the absolute cowardice of major league sports, that every time there’s been an issue, they’ve, ‘Ooooo, we’re terribly sorry. Hey guys, soften the approach. Don’t say that. Apologize. Sensitivity training.’ But for some reason with this [issue], they stand tall, and it’s like they wouldn’t dare do it with another group.
“Like the Cleveland Indians, when you take that dumb Chief Wahoo — which they did remove — but put any other culture’s face there. They wouldn’t dare. But if they would dare, I’d be for them. Like if the Redskins were like, ‘Yea, we do that but look what else we allow our players to do, and we don’t ever get involved when they say something racially inappropriate, we just say Hey, that’s the player’s opinion,’ I’d be 100 percent for them. But since they’re cowards in every other way, all major league sports, now I like the fact that it’s coming to bite them.
“Hey, this is what you guys wanted. And even the fans, not necessarily you, but in general. Hey sports fans, this is what you wanted. You never fought back before. You never pushed back before, dummies! Good.”
So essentially he wants the name changed, which flies in the face of free speech, of which he’s a staunch supporter, because sports fans never defend free speech; they only err on the side of political correctness.
Political correctness, for being too politically correct, if you will.