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Let’s applaud U.S. senators for standing up to Redskins racist moniker

Published: May 23, 2014, 11:53 am, by David Ramsey

Thrilled to see United States senators standing up for what’s right.

A group of 50 senators are demanding Washington owner Danny Snyder drop the racist Redskins moniker.

“Racism and bigotry have no place in professional sports,” said a letter signed by 49 senators supporting Native Americans. “… Every Sunday during football season the Washington, D.C. football team mocks their culture.”

The senators also observed, correctly, that tribal organizations representing two million Native Americans have asked for the Redskins moniker to be dumped.

I often hear from those who support, and even embrace, the Redskins racist moniker. They say they have not met any Native Americans who oppose the nickname.

Um, maybe it’s time to get out and meet a few new people. You know, widen your horizons. That type of thing.

Millions – literally, millions – of Native Americans are demanding a change that should have happened a long time ago.

I also keep hearing this effort to dump the Redskins moniker is a “politically correct” push. Just a reminder: Saying the words “politically correct” carries the same weight as saying “blah, blah, blah.” Politically correct can be used to attack virtually everything and, thus, the words are completely meaningless. But just go ahead and keep saying the words, which are the equivalent of “blah, blah, blah.”

Meanwhile, here are some words with genuine weight:

It’s time for Danny Snyder to do the right thing.

Dump the Redskins racist moniker.