Pigskins Shame Spiral: Chris Freind
The Pigskins Shame Spiral is an occasional feature tracking developments related to the name of D.C.'s beloved football team.
Who: Delaware County Daily Times columnist Chris Freind.
Change the name? No. "Thankfully, [team owner Dan] Snyder has, to this point, resisted the pressure and pledged to keep the name intact."
Why? Ostensibly because political correctness has run amok, but the entire column feels like an excuse to throw around some other terms that could also offend Native Americans, as in this excerpt:
That’s the most dominant issue consuming our elected officials? Granted, if we had an Indian nickel for every boneheaded thing Congress does, we’d all be millionaires. But those congressmen need to be scalped for this one, and publicly admonished until they turn red-faced with embarrassment. This is no time for peace pipes. We must, without reservation, not just hold down the fort but go to war with those riding roughshod over hallowed American traditions—fighting the people who love nothing more than to chop away at things no one actually finds offensive. As with most issues though, we lack a political chief brave enough to tackle this type of political correctness.
Shame Spiral Rating: Finger wag. Who would care what a columnist for a suburban Philadelphia paper with a circulation of under 30,000 says about the team's name, after all? But the extravagant effort to offend—and the fact that Freind is one of the only people lately to come out in favor of the current name—makes it worth noting. With friends like Freind, does Snyder even need enemies?
Illustration by Jandos Rothstein