Does ‘Redskins’ Require Censorship?


The Federal Communications Commission will consider punishing broadcasters for using the Washington Redskins’ nickname on air, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said during a conference call with reporters, according to Reuters.

Legal activist John Banzhaf III, a law professor at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., petitioned the FCC to revoke a Washington radio station’s broadcast license due to its repeated use of the nickname.

Wheeler said his organization will “be looking into that petition.”

I don’t dispute the term ‘Redskins’ is racist. History establishes the point rather clearly. The media has every right to boycott the term. For others who feel strongly about the issue, take action. Speak out. Petition the NFL. Debate. Boycott the damn NFL product if need be. THAT is not censorship.

But turning to the government to decide what words in the English language are acceptable and which ones need removal? It’s little encroachments like this that lead to a few more little encroachments, and a few more little encroachments. Next thing you know, the government is encroaching on your free speech.

Would the encroachment be so “little” then?


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