- The Washington Times - Friday, February 22, 2013

I have to laugh at the silliness of the political correctness police. Charles Cunningham (“If ‘Redskins’ offends, so should other names,” Letters, Wednesday) is correct when he writes, “The political correctness police have started their ritual (it happens about every 10 years or so).”

Apparently it is time yet again to fight the name “Washington Redskins.” It seems people who know the least think and talk the most, and this is when they make fools of themselves. Apparently the folks who want the change think the name is racist. But the name refers to a cultural practice, not any race. American Indians were called “redskins” because in war they coated their skin with red pigment clay to embolden themselves and hopefully to frighten the enemy. Even a liberal who takes the time to look carefully will find American Indians do not have red skin.

When I am offended, the left instructs me to be more tolerant and inclusive. This goes both ways. So it is time for all of us to be more tolerant, especially the easily offended left. As a culture, we have to stop asking “How high?” when a politically correct person tells us to jump. It’s time to stand firm and reject silliness, or this culture war will never stop.

FRED C. SEBLY


Mount Airy, Md.