The coach of the Washington Redskins who vowed in an interview with ESPN last year that he would not to cater to controversy and adjust the team’s name/mascot over claims that it’s racist, just received some great news and apparent support for his cause.
The Federal Communication Commission put a crybaby professor from George Washington University in his place who had whined that the Redskins’ name was insensitive. John Banzhaf had filed a petition demanding that the FCC deny the broadcast license renewal for a radio station that is partially owned by the Redskins owner, Daniel Snyder, but the commission sent the professor a clear message — No — by denying his ridiculous petition Thursday, according to Politico.
“We find that there have been no serious violations of the [Communications] Act or the rules involving the station or any other violations that, taken together, would constitute a pattern of abuse,” wrote Peter H. Doyle, chief of the Media Bureau’s audio division.
Snyder’s attorneys had argued that banning broadcasters’ use of the word would violate free speech and property rights. However, there are three similar petitions pending which were filed by Native Americans against TV stations for use of the word and indecent representation of a culture. Hopefully Banzhaf’s denied request is an indicator of what will be decided in subsequent filings.
Politco’s report on the matter noted that the FCC based their decision on law, which defines profanity as sexual or excretory in nature. In that case, by definition the commission could not find the word “Redskins” as being profane.
This loss for Banzhaf will apparently not slow down his efforts in seeking a ban of this “offensive” term for use on the radio. He has since indicated that he will continue his pursuit for political correctness.
“I’ve got quite a number of options we’re still looking at,” he said in an interview. “I’ve got to sit down with some of my colleagues and see where we go from here. It’s a disappointment, but it’s certainly not the end of the line.”
That’s a great waste of time for this professor who should consider directing his efforts at something that actually would bring about meaningful change in this country. Meanwhile, many Americans, who support the FCC’s decision, took to Twitter to let others know:
The Redskins have had the same name and mascot since the team was created in 1932 — that’s over 80 years without controversy until 50 Democratic senators decided it was a good time to create an issue out of it where there wasn’t one. In May, these politicians sent letters to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell begging him and the league to endorse changing the name. If the Redskins are forced to change their name, there is no stopping that racism train — Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Chiefs, and how about the Cleveland Browns? What’s a “Brown” anyway?
Courtesy of Mad World News