Tuesday, July 28, 2020

What's In A Name?

As my fellow writer, Bill Shakespeare, said, "What's in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet." Those lines, from the soliloquy from the play, Romeo and Juliet, should be familiar to those of us of my generation--can't speak to some of the younger folk, whose education may not have included some of those classics.

The movement toward more "politically correct" names has reached the National Football League, and apparently--even though those of Native American heritage overwhelmingly favor the old name--it has resulted in a change from the Washington Redskins to "The Washington Football Team." I wonder if it's just a hop-skip-and-jump to the point where we call them "the team formerly known as the Washington Redskins."

Will this lead to our saying good-bye to the name of the Cleveland Indians? Will the White House need to be renamed? Is it time for us to stop ordering such ethnic dishes as pizza or egg rolls? Where to we draw the line?

We now are told that almost 2/3 of the population are afraid to voice their beliefs. Is this what it's coming to?

Enjoy the line from Shakespeare while you can. Soon someone will complain about the thorns of a rose so we'll substitute a line about honeysuckle smelling as sweet. Just kidding--I hope.

Your turn. What do you think about renaming things to conform to political correctness? I'd like to know.


Patricia Bradley said...

Don't get me started...I don't think whoever named the team the Washington Redskins meant any disrespect. And what is wrong with the name, Cleveland Indians? I would think it would be an honor to have a team named after your nationality.

And I agree--I'm sure most people won't speak their mind about something because of blowback. I know I don't. At least not on social media. lol

Have a good rest of the day, Richard!

Priscilla Bettis said...

A Lakota man told me once that calling him a redskin was like calling a black person a N. If that's true, then I understand the renaming of some teams, places, whatnot. But if we go so far that we erase our history, then we're doomed to repeat our mistakes rather than learn from them.

Good ol' Billy.:-)

Richard Mabry said...

It's a big problem, compounded by the fact that a majority of us won't speak out. And, of course, the effect of the virus epidemic on professional sports, together with the attitude of the athletes themselves, doesn't help.