Political Correctness and America’s Sports Teams

Ronald E. Yates is an author of award-winning historical fiction and action/adventure novels, including the popular and highly-acclaimed Finding Billy Battles trilogy.

Below is an e-mail apparently sent to Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune after a column he wrote concerning a name change for the Washington Redskins. Clarence is a former colleague at the Tribune. In fact, we were hired at the same time. If I were Clarence, I would run this as a response to his column, but I suspect the Political Correctness Police would sentence him to mandatory thought adjustment and modification if he did.

In any case, the author, whoever he or she is, makes a compelling case for just how ludicrously far afield P.C. has spread in a hyper-sensitive society of the relentlessly offended.

How far afield? Someone recently demanded that the “Cracker Barrel” chain of restaurants and stores change its name to “Caucasian Barrel” because it uses an offensive slur that is deeply offensive to European-Americans.

Okay, it was a facetious suggestion, but it articulates just how preposterous and bizarre our P.C. society has become.

Fortunately, we now have an administration in Washington that disdains political correctness for what it is: a crusade to muzzle the candid expression of ideas that the P.C. Police disagree with.

P.C. is nothing less than an ominous assault on the First Amendment that should not and cannot be tolerated in a free society that was founded on the idea that free speech is a right and not a privilege.


Here is the letter:

Dear Mr. Page:

I agree with our Native American population.  I am highly insulted by the racially charged name of the Washington Redskins.  One might argue that to name a professional football team after Native Americans would exalt them as fine warriors, but nay, nay.  We must be careful not to offend, and in the spirit of political correctness and courtesy, we must move