The Washington Redskins name is racist according to some and now Richard Sherman decided to stir by the pot by claiming that the NFL specifically targeting the N-word is racist in of itself.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, the owners of the team claim a Washington Redskins name change is supported by only 10 percent of Americans.
The two issues tend to be separate, but now some commentators are mixing the two controversies into one volatile stew pot. For example, ESPN’s Bomani Jones decided to combine not only the Washington Redskins name controversy with the N-word debate, but he also threw in one extra hot topic for good measure:
“How about the fact that the NFL would be sending the message that racial slurs are only okay if they can monetize them like with the Washington Redskins. Or the fact that the Fritz Pollard Alliance, which is pushing this, seems to be doing it in a fairly self-serving manner. We’re talking about a word that applies to the constituency that they represent, but we sure do have an openly gay player coming into the NFL for the first time and nobody’s talking about that F-word.”
Apparently, NFL players feel the policy can’t be enforced and they’re worried about the long term consequences to a person’s career if they were flagged by a referee. Teams have tried getting the N-word out of the locker room but apparently it’s ingrained into the culture and “after a while it comes back because this is what these guys have grown up with.”
Michael Wilbon also pointed out that the N-word NFL policy will run into trouble because it involves “a league with no black owners and a white commissioner” telling mostly black players they “can’t use the N-word on the field of play, or we’re gonna penalize you.”
Richard Sherman is no stranger to controversy and he decided to take a different angle:
“It’s in the locker room and on the field at all times. I hear it almost every series out there on the field…. [The NFL’s N-word penalty is] almost racist, to me. It’s weird they’re targeting one specific word. Why wouldn’t all curse words be banned then?”
If this debate were a Super Bowl chili it’d be so flaming hot you’d feel the heat on your tongue just by walking by a bowl. Do you think the Washington Redskins name and the N-word are both racist? If so, what should the NFL do about it?