What’s in a Name?
You may think that the real issues inside the Beltway deal with the workings of the U.S. government or the lack thereof. Actually, there is a much larger issue that seems to be gaining ground, or trending as the more connected in our society say.
It has to do with the name of the local professional football team, the Washington Redskins. Many feel that the name is a racial slur and that it should be changed. The current owner of the team reveres the name and its history. Defenders of his position often maintain that changing the name would be yielding to political correctness, a term used by many to demean positions that differ than those they hold. The good thing about calling something politically correct, is that one can avoid discussing the issue and rely on name calling instead of rational argument.
So, in keeping with the idea that Redskins is not really a racial slur, but just a term of respect, we’re calling for a discussion of renaming some of our college team names to terms that also are not racial slurs, just common language. We do hope we haven’t offended anyone, mean no disrespect, and certainly apologize if we’ve neglected people of any other persuasion than our own. We encourage readers to add to the list.
Here’s what we have so far:
Institution Current Name Proposed Name(s)
Howard University Bison Colored Boys, Colored Girls —
Lou Reed used it in “Walk on the Wild Side” and we didn’t hear any uproar about that
Brandeis University Judges Jew Boys, JAPs — later is not short for Japanese, but Jewish American Princesses
Yeshiva University Maccabees Christ-Killers, Hymies
Catholic University Cardinals Papists, Anti-Christs
the latter if you’re a Protestant militant from Northern Ireland
Liberty University Liberty Flames Bible Thumpers
American Islamic College Rag-heads, Towel-heads
University of Rome Dagos, Guineas
Trinity College, Dublin Micks, Paddies
University of Beijing Slants, Slant Eyes
University of Tokyo Nips
University of Saigon Gooks
Budapest University of Technology Bohunks
Warsaw University Polacks