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An Exercise in Freedom of Speech…

This writer originally wrote a draft of this on the eve of the 4th. This writer had a relaxed evening to start gathering my Redskins gear awaiting a soon to be future day to do something with it. Tonight, this writer wrote a second—more complete draft.

Supremacist have fought wars over white supremacy wearing confederate emblems and Nazi symbols to name a few. A Redskin fan did not engage in a system of laws against another people, I believe.

Once again there has to be a huge distinction from a fan who wants to be moving forward wearing a skins jersey and the completely cool reason; yes, the completely cool way we changed this racist name.

Us, kids of the 80s, imitating JT finger in the air saying, “We’re going to Disney world.”

But let’s say you choose to wave a flag, how should we respect you? This is for every Washington football fan to gain unity on…we are a family, a village (guess you know who I voted for).

Well, with Snyder, there was an ask, mostly a corporate ask to change the name and it has been done.

Money talks, BS walks.

The players who kneeled were booed off center stage. It now appears people agree nothing beats freedom of speech for our vets when done non-violently.

So someone like myself who argues that changing this name was needed and necessary almost similar to minority rights campaigns such as the Montgomery bus boycott, is ecstatic. BUT, this writer writes please pc nuts do not turn this into a neo-fascist moment and movement.

The Montgomery Bus Boycotts were about sets of laws that needed to be changed: segregation.

I will argue that any court in this land that forces a team to change its name for affiliation to Native Americans would be wrong in doing so. The Washington Redskins football team wrote no laws as far as this writer knows.

However, to argue at least a few native Americans see the name Redskins as an evil awful racist white supremacist slur then you understand why this changing is so vital.

You see, I believe firmly in freedom of speech for every American via the Supreme Court and constitution.

At the same time, historically just as a white man might have used the n word when lynching an African American, a white man or American might have used the term Injun or Redskin when brutally lynching or scalping a Native American.

The segregationist fought for years in denial to the belief that separate was equal.

Finally, the Washington football franchise got it right. They recognized the pie in the face. The smear. The history and genocide! The ethnocentrism and the supremacy!

So since Monday and until we get a new name, it is a celebration…for minority rights, justice (an injustice anywhere is an injustice everywhere—MLK, Jr.). We need to celebrate milestone and Championship.

The Championships look far down the road. The milestone began with the statement regarding the retirement of the Washington Redskins brand!

So I proclaim hail to the redskins—no more! Braves on the warpath—never again with the Washington football organization after a touchdown, or, score!

But if you are at the game drinking your beers, hooting, hollering and howling at the moon, and you want to chant let’s go skins and wear your Riggo jerseys this writer says, “Fine, us Washington football fans are not pricks.

Freedom of individuals speech–always to fight for even when that speech is bad. in my mind, anything Redskins is bad!”

God bless the 1st. Freedom of speech rocks. A racist today, a lover tomorrow.

So kneel, fly your flag…do whatever it takes to respect the words of Thomas Jefferson, “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Life comes first, and as far as I understand, that is once breathing air! But that is for another discussion.

Wearing a Redskins Jersey does not violate those words.

Besides we have no idea why someone wears a jersey, no idea!

Some might consider themselves native and just accepted that 9 out of 10 Native America says it is fine…some might have invest $1000 on 5 jerseys for the past 5 holidays. Not everyone of us is as rich as Jeffrey Bezos.


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