Anyone who has been bullied knows that when one gives in to the bully, the trouble has just begun.
Now that the Washington Redskins football team has groveled and agreed to ditch its “offensive” name, a Washington Post editor is arguing that the Texas Rangers’ team name “must go” as well, FOX News is reporting.
“Global Opinions Editor” Karen Attiah scolded that “to know the full history of the Texas Rangers is to understand that the team’s name is not so far off from being called the Texas Klansmen.”
Attiah recalled going to Rangers games with her father as a child in Dallas, blissfully unaware at the time that the Rangers “were a cruel, racist force when it came to the nonwhites who inhabited the beautiful and untamed Texas territory.”
She warned that “Ranger racism” spanned decades, writing how Rangers “would be called on to protect white supremacy into the 1960s” and were “deployed to prevent school integration.”
Astonishingly, she then accused the Texas Rangers of “revisionist history” after the team recently issued a statement condemning racism and bigotry.
It is not “revisionist” to condemn past behavior.
Attiah, one of those who signed a letter written in response to a Harper’s Magazine letter decrying cancel culture, concluded her op-ed by calling on the Texas Rangers name to be “canceled.”
The column has been mocked on social media, with media critic Steve Krakauer sharing a “Going out of business, everything must go!” sign regarding sports team names.
“Let’s strike a real blow for racial justice and ban sports entirely,” media company Grabien founder and news editor Tom Elliot similarly said.
“Many pirates were involved in the slave trade. The Pittsburgh Pirates’ team name must go,” Spectator USA editor Amber Athey sarcastically suggested about another MLB team.
National Review senior writer Michael Brendan Dougherty added “Indians, Yankees, Vikings, and Irish” to Attiah’s hit list since sports organizations “can’t name a team after groups that commit atrocities.”