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Swave N. Deboner BS: Political correctness: Who's Responsible? (159* d) RE: BS: Political correctness: Who's Responsible? 15 Dec 04

One thing that is overlooked (or ignored) in discussions about political correctness is the original intent behind certain titles and labels that are now considered by some to be offensive, insensitive, or otherwise politically incorrect.

Take the names of some major league sports teams here in the U.S. for instance. Significant objection to the Atlanta Braves, the Washington Redskins, and the Cleveland Indians has led to law suits aiming to force these teams to change their names. Though "Redskins" could be construed as a derogatory racial term, it was actually adopted as the team name out of respect and admiration for the bravery, determination and fighting spirit of the Native American. Hence also the terms, "Braves" and "Indians."

The Washington Bullets (now the Wizards) had to change their team name because of the connection some people were making with the serious gun problem and high rate of shooting deaths in the District. That negative connotation was certainly not intended when the team took its original name.

Oh, to get back to simpler times! "I Miss Back When", as Tim
McGraw's new song puts it.


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