Monday, October 21, 2013

The Name Game

Eric Levenson:

The controversy over the Washington Redskins' name escalated on Monday in a piece from The Onion provocatively titled "Redskins’ Kike Owner Refuses to Change Team’s Offensive Name." The five-sentence story and its anti-Semitic language are so startling that journalists and bloggers aren't even sure how to react.

Wow! If you're anything like me, you're desperate to know what some white people think and feel about what other white people are saying about this insensitive abstract symbol of this nation's indigenous people, a shocking number of whom are currently living in pockets of Third World-level squalor and hopelessness, a grim reality which, of course, doesn't lend itself so well to snarky, outraged retweeting — I mean, doesn't it feel weird and icky to "like" or "+1" an article about rampant alcoholism and a life expectancy decades below the national average? — nor easily allow Myrrhkins to get on with the business of enjoying their entertainment with plausibly clear consciences — I mean, what if my white peers think less of me? — so, uh, yeah, this is a very good article for all the latest in white people's thoughts.