The politically correct are on the “warpath,” so to speak, once again. This time the object of disaffection is the venerable name of our beloved professional football team, the Washington Redskins, and certain Post journalists are leading the attack.
First, it was sports columnist Mike Wise, going back years. Metro columnist Courtland Milloy picked up his own battle cry once again. Another Metro columnist, Robert McCartney, dutifully fell into line. On Thursday, Sally Jenkins joined the parade. This is political correctness run amok.
As someone who grew up singing “Hail to the Redskins” through good times and bad, I see no reason to make any such change to this time-honored name, as it has never been used in a demeaning and disrespectful fashion. On the contrary, for loyal fans of the team, it is a term of respect, admiration and affection. I hope to be singing “Hail to the Redskins” for years to come despite the efforts of Post columnists.
Francis T. Coleman,
I take exception to Courtland Milloy’s Feb. 8 Metro column, “Tallying Redskins’ wince-loss record,” in which he claimed, “What came before (George) Allen was a disgrace . . . .”
Following a brilliant career in Green Bay, Hall of Famer Vince Lombardi became head coach of the Washington Redskins in 1969. He finished the season 7-5-2 before being diagnosed with terminal cancer in July 1970 and succumbing to the disease, at age 57, in September of that year. Lombardi helped set the stage for the team’s future and undoubtedly would have led it to great success had he lived.
Chris Palen, Vienna