Monosyllabic Pedantry

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Politically correct morons

On Saturday the Washington Redskins beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17-10 in an NFL wild-card game, which means that this weekend the Redskins travel to Seattle to play the Seahawks, whose 13-3 record is the best in the National Football Conference. The Washington Post, a newspaper in the District of Columbia, reports that this is causing some trouble for a newspaper in Washington state:

To avoid insulting native American heritage, the Seattle Times decided to limit severely the use of the term Redskins in the paper--even if a team with that name will dominate news coverage this week. The Times will not use the moniker in headlines or captions. Reporters can use it only once, as a first reference, in all stories. The Redskins will be referred to almost exclusively as Washington--which could get a little confusing for local readers who also live in that state.

So the Washington Native Americans will be playing?

This reminds me of a CNN broadcast I saw from South Africa. The talking head was trying to explain that the blacks and whites were fighting. She got all choked up and confused before describing the blacks as African American Africans.

I shit you not.


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