Kay B. Stevens urged people not to buy Washington Redskins apparel and not to use the team's name ["Bench This Offensive Stereotype," Close to Home, Aug. 7]. Her column started from the premise that Native Americans object to the name, something she said she learned from a Native American friend.
But poll after poll, including one by Sports Illustrated in 2002, has found that Native Americans overwhelmingly have no problem with "Redskins." Apparently the name issue is being driven by a small group of activists and political-correctness zealots and is not reflective of the views of Native Americans.
Ms. Stevens has every right to tell her children that they can't wear Redskins gear, but if she tries to impose political correctness on my right to support the team as I see fit, she'll have a fight on her hands.
Regarding Kay B. Stevens's comments in favor of erasing the word "Redskins" from our vocabulary, allow me to ask the following:
* Should People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals bring suit against the use of Coyotes, Panthers, Mighty Ducks, Grizzlies, Hornets, Ravens, Eagles, Rams, Colts, Broncos, Bruins, Huskies, Marlins, Bulldogs, Orioles and Red Wings?
* Are Cardinals, Padres and Angels an affront to Catholics?
* Should adherents of Wicca claim religious prejudice and persecution by the Wizards?
* Are police entitled to arrest the Rangers for impersonating law enforcement officers?
* Should short people demand respect when the Titans and Giants kick off?
Make sense? Of course not.
Student and professional athletes work hard and proudly at what they do, and they have shown honor to Native Americans by naming their teams after them.