Super Bowl 2014 was perhaps most memorable for the record-made loss by the Denver Broncos, who took home a devastating defeat by 35 points to the Seattle Seahawks. The game was over by the second half and most couldn’t remember the point of the game after Bruno Mars staged his awe-inspiring performance during the half-time show anyway. In Super Bowl tradition, viewers watching the Broncos’ being demolished from home enjoyed the commercials aired in between Seahawks’ touchdowns. Perhaps the most memorable and best of them all was the commercial made but not aired.
The National Congress of American Indians created a two minute video showcasing the progress and contribution of the Native American people to the United States’ history. In protest to the name of the National Football League (NFL) team name: Washington Redskins, formerly the Boston Redskins. The term “Redskin” has added a portion of controversy for the league in the media for some time now. Redskins owner Daniel Snyder says he has no plans of having the name altered. Perhaps that is because of the undying devotion football fans have for their home teams that they’ve identified with. Snyder and PR representatives declare that the team name was in no way created as a derogatory ploy toward an ethnicity, thus fueling the refusal to change the team name.
Just Wednesday two Maryland legislators pushed House Joint Resolution 5, legislation on the matter that will soon head to the House Rules and Executive Nominations Committee for a hearing. House Majority Whip Talmadge Branch (D-Balt.) and Delegate C.T. Wilson (D-Charles) introduced the joint resolution, which has a purpose of presenting the “will, opinion, or public policy” of the General Assembly. The commercial created by the National Congress of American Indians gained more than 1 million views on YouTube suggesting that this issue resonates with many people.
Yes, the name is of an American iconic team. Yes, fans have a strong bond with the teams they recognize in the NFL (or any sport for that matter). No, the name may not have originally been created as a slur toward any one group of people. But, so what? An entire congress of individuals who identify with the very group that the name is said to offend have constructed a campaign against something that they feel strongly denotes racial slander. That clearly means there is something wrong in this issue and that their concerns warrant pause. There is something seriously and internally flawed about a system that has to waiver on whether or not it should consider the consequences that decisions have on a mass of people (majority or minority alike). Change the name! The fans will live.
And here comes the untimely freedom of speech argument again.