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The Washington Warriors Might Be the Front Runner, But There’s Better Options for a New Name

By Marc Lande

My hopes.

It seems like Washington Warriors is the front runner for the new name and this writer wants a more peaceful name such as First Americans. This writer if we adopt a war like name would like Windtalkers or Red Tails!

Supposedly with the name Warriors there will be no Native American imagery. This is better. Warrior with the Native American representation is no better than Redskins or Indians or Braves or Chiefs.

But how does this writer feel about Washington Warriors or other militaristic names with an emphasis on wounded warriors or Tuskegee Airman as opposed to Native Americans oral traditions or a Native-centric name and logo!
Well I am a peacenik! Washington Peaceful Warriors.

I mean, what do I value most in my country, that is democracy and freedom of speech.

Since turning 18, I have always voted or at least I have had the ability to vote. Without getting into a discussion of voter disenfranchisement in the inner cities and a general history of voting rights and slavery, I am personally blessed and privilege to be fighting for my democracy with my vote.

I can always attempt to vote ‘em out of office.

Furthermore, for example, we are living in one of the few countries where a combat vet of the military while still in the Military Reverses can run for president taking stances against the military industrial complex and war on drugs, and she is a woman. This writer does not think that could be attempted in Iran!

In addition, this is one of the few countries where I can demand from my government to cut the Department of Defense budget by half and quadruple the Department of State budget and get us peace and diplomacy towards our hot spots while not facing repercussions from the CIA or FBI. Freedom of speech stances, this writer does not think that would have been allowed in Soviet Russia or with the KGB, in particular.

You see, this writer has never lived in fear of being drafted and I have never been forced to pick up a gun and join an armed forces. There are even a few countries like Uganda where even children are forced to become soldiers. My biggest drama in school was if I was starting for my MSI soccer team.

In a sense, my biggest struggle being a citizen in this country is at the grocery store—is it going to be generic brand or Charmin. Remember, don’t squeeze the Charmin.

So yes, enough said! How can we argue with Washington Warriors or Washington Redtails or Washington Windtalkers. I personally would want Washington Doves…

I understand this is the age of 2 Americas, (polarization’s, left-right, Democrat-Republican), to be in favor of Washington Warriors, Washington Red Tails, Washington Windtalkers, is well American, period.

It is to support our nation and its democracy and its freedom. So yes on Warriors, Red Tails, or Windtalkers from a dove.

Yes this writer can also accept any the names this writer is hearing: Red Hawks, Red Wolves, Warhogs— all compromises for this writer but a huge step up from Washington insert racist name and racist logo. So, to this writer the upcoming name change is like a Lombardi.

But one thing this writer is trying not to compromise is that the logo has to be human or like a face. For example, I saw a Red Tail pilot design, that is my favorite. I could see a design of a Windtalker with a radio phone and an Eagle feather.

I could even see an bearded US vet, of any race or any conflict. US Army, Navy Seal, Coast Guard, Red Beret…but let’s keep our logo human. Dallas can keep its star. Let’s not go for a star or a jet or an animal. Let’s keep honoring humans. End of the day that is all this writer knows.


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