Google+

Can RG3 Stop an Age-Old Debate?

 

Can RG3 Stop an Age-Old Debate?

by Amy Lignor

Who can even remember when this began; the never-ending debate about the racist name of the ‘Redskins?’ It’s hard to think back that far; but it seems like the beginning of the Jurassic period that groups have been annoyed, frustrated, angry about the ‘bigotry’ that comes along with the name, and so on and so forth.

 

The three specific groups remain the same. One, the group that truly believes the name is beyond derogatory and the team should have it changed rg3-wpimmediately. Two, the group that says this is the NFL – an old institution that should be respected by one and all. And if the fans and the Redskins aren’t unhappy about the name, then why is this such a big deal? And who is group three? The ones who love tennis and golf and have no real concern or feeling about the Redskins name one way or the other.

 

Washington’s owner, Dan Snyder, has said that he is not on board with ever changing the name. This is history; and he wants no part in seeing it modified.

 

Like the Atlanta Braves, who people still get angry about, not only because of the racist name but also that token tomahawk chop, the Redskins seem to always have to deal with this issue.

 

And now…the star of the Washington team – RG3 – is being asked by some to speak up and out, having his voice be heard by fans everywhere as to whether or not he feels he’s on a team that is beyond racist. Will he speak? Chances are, no.

 

Recently it was the commissioner of the NFL, along with journalists, D.C. Council members and members of Congress who got together about this. They have voiced loud and clear all their opinions about the Washington Redskins nickname. This issue, of course, in the media world is helpful for Washington. They will attain even more attention, and should they win next season, the whole issue will be splattered across the papers once again.

 

As all this continues, the magic QB, Robert Griffin III, remains mute. Charismatic off the field, RG3 seems to have placed himself as far away from this situation as possible. This is one of those guys that the fans would listen to; but in all fairness, he is working his butt off to come back from a seriously horrific knee injury in order to begin the upcoming season.

 

The history of the team is not good where racism is concerned. This is also true about almost, if not every, team in the NFL, Major League Baseball, etc.). Yes, it is true that former owner George Preston Marshall was a racist who never said he was sorry about that fact. He made sure that the Redskins were the last team to hire black players in the NFL. Yet the one and only black QB to win a Super Bowl was a Redskin…so go figure.

 

RG3 is a man who has thus far shown elegance and class when having a microphone shoved in his face, and perhaps he is striving to keep that eloquence in check. Or, like a great majority of viewers and readers and fans, he really doesn’t care. All he wants is to bring success to his team – nothing more, nothing less.

 

Griffin has refused up until this point to discuss the team moniker. Whether that be a personal decision by him because he has no interest, or a financial decision made by him because only the most beloved athletes reach superstardom, who knows?

 

But RG3 is certainly not afraid. It was during his rookie season that he battled the NFL over Nike apparel. He paid a fine later for wearing his sponsor’s (Adidas) clothing to a post-game interview. In many fans eyes, that simply meant that RG3 is loyal to a fault.

 

In the end, whether or not RG3 says anything about this way-too-blown-out-being-carried-on-far-too-long situation, doesn’t matter. In his eyes, in the fans’ eyes – all they want is to see him healed, take the helm of the ship and lead them to a Super Bowl victory.

 

Once you have the Lombardi trophy in your hand, the team can get away with any name – Flying Coconuts, Yellow Daisy Men, or Killer Geese. (Sorry…my apologies to geese everywhere.)

 

Just play football!

This moment in sports is brought to you by: BeFirst Inc

 

Until Next Time, Everybody,

Amy

Entertainment

For movies opening December 2, 2016

  OPENING THIS WEEK Kam's Kapsules Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun by Kam Williams For movies opening December 2, 2016     BIG BUDGET FILMS Incarnate (PG-13 for terror, profanity, disturbing images, intense violence, sensuality and mature themes) Horror flick about an unconventional exorcist (Aaron Eckhart) who meets his match while attempting to free the mind of an 11 year-old (David Mazouz) possessed by a … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Books

Volume 2 of Yes Sir, Yes Sir, 3 Bags Full! – You Do NOT Want to Miss This

  Volume 2 of Yes Sir, Yes Sir, 3 Bags Full! – You Do NOT Want to Miss This Book Review by Amy Lignor What began in an unforgettable Volume 1—living Jerry Hall’s story and dealing with the heart-wrenching issues of the Viet Nam* War—continues here. The action of battle, fraught with the unending horrors that the “unwanted veterans” dealt with, grows even more painful. And as war comes closer to an end, what should have been peaceful … [Read More its Good for You...]

Art

The Day After the Day Of

  The Day After the Day Of by Paul Ilechko   The sky sheds its tears. This morning is the morning of the day after. The day of mourning, the day after the day of.  I beseech the sky to shed tears in order to wash away the tears on my face.   This is the first day of the time after. This is the beginning of a new time, the days of pain, the days of sorrow. We are in mourning. The sky looks down and sheds its tears for … [Read More its Good For You...]

Real Estate

New Home Sales Jump in April

  New Home Sales Jump in April By Burt Carey Sales of new homes hit their highest rate since 2008 in April, according to the Commerce Department’s U.S. Census Bureau. April sales increased 16.6 percent over March figures, which correlates to a seasonally adjusted rate of 619,000 home sales projected for the year. The median price of those new homes was $321,000, the highest median price ever recorded. That’s up 9.7 percent … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Lifestyle

Inside WildAid

  Inside WildAid by Amy Lignor   Donations can be made. Time can be volunteered. There are a great number of charities, organizations and hard workers out there who strive with everything they have to save the animals of the world. The National Wildlife Administration, the World Wildlife Federation – these are just two leaders that help keep our beloved species’ on the map. There is also an organization whose sole mission is to end … [Read More its Good for You...]

Outdoors

Skeeter Boats Comes Up with Cure for Cabin Fever

  Skeeter Boats Comes Up with Cure for Cabin Fever By Craig Lamb   If you are overdosing on TV fishing shows, mindlessly flipping through tackle catalogs, or feeling down and don’t know why, then you are not alone. Count yourself among most of the fishermen in the entire country. We have cabin fever. It’s common this time of year when hunting and football overtake wetting a line on the list of weekend priorities. Or, it’s just plain too … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

The Best & Worst (So Far) of the 2016 NFL Season

  The Best & Worst (So Far) of the 2016 NFL Season by Amy Lignor     Okay…we’re almost dead center, folks, so it’s time to sum up the best and silliest actions and reactions that the 2016 NFL season has provided fans thus far.   Analysts are always yapping, and most likely nothing they say will actually come true. However, right now almost everyone is agreeing to the fact that Tom Brady has a score to settle. Yes, … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

Charity Begins at Home

  Charity Begins at Home by Amy Lignor   Turning a blind eye is easy for some; preferred by others. But the fact is that the bad doesn’t become good – in any area – unless eyes are open wide to not only see what’s occurring, but also to gain the knowledge needed to stop the bad from getting even worse. Remarks are made about “other countries” and what they do wrong when it comes to the harming of animals for profit. However, in … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

Exploring the Holidays Around the Globe

  Exploring the Holidays Around the Globe by Amy Lignor   Thanksgiving has been had. Games have been watched and the golden turkey has caused a great many belts to be loosened. So…here it comes!   From hanging the stockings on the chimney with care to the red-nosed reindeer who had to be there; from Santa heading down that chimney just right to lovely sleigh bells ringing softly in the night, the holiday season is a truly … [Read More its Good for You...]

Green Living

Forecasting Climate Change

  Forecasting Climate Change by Amy Lignor As with anything in this world, it depends on whose opinion or observations you trust as to just how bad climate change is becoming. As 2016 begins to wrap up, climate scientists, atmospheric physicists, chemists, oceanographers – you name it – no one can come up with any other explanation for climate change and the warming of our planet other than human activity. How fast is it happening? … [Read More its Good for You...]