Let's get a couple of things straight about three culture-related stories that broke this week, datelined Washington, D.C.
I'll get to the Washington Redskins and President Obama issues momentarily, but first up is the Jason Collins tale, which, unless you've been awaiting a sprinkling of pixie dust, has become a coincidental front in the culture war.
Collins is no Jackie Robinson, and ESPN commentator Chris Broussard is a hero for speaking truthfully.
Sports Illustrated broke the news on Monday that Collins, a mediocre center in the NBA, proclaimed himself "black," "gay" and "Christian."
Good for Collins, since Washington Wizards fans weren't about to tar and feather him for not battling like an Alonzo Mourning, Lisa Leslie or even Kevin McHale.
But someone has been taken to the woodshed in Collins' stead, and the Robinson comparison is being swatted as if there were a major-league sports barrier that said "no gays allowed."
Collins' cheerleaders were so boisterous the Broussard comments came like a thump from the almighty.
"If you're openly living that type of lifestyle, then the Bible says you know them by their fruits. It says, you know, that's a sin. And if you're openly living in unrepentant sin, whatever it may be — not just homosexuality. Adultery, fornication, premarital sex between heterosexuals, whatever it may be — I believe that's walking in open rebellion to God, and to Jesus Christ. So, I would not characterize that person as a Christian, 'cause I don't think the Bible would characterize him as a Christian."
That's all he said.
Grow up, people. We do not live in never-never land.
Hail to the Redskins
A D.C. leader wants the team's nickname to be changed and has suggested "Redtails," as in hawk and ale.
The latter, of light-bodied flavor, is probably apropos since surely lawmakers were sipping on something other than bottled water to even waste their time on a D.C. Council resolution that is legally non-binding because: a) the franchise is not headquartered in Washington, b) its employees do not practice or train in Washington, c) its employees do not deliver their work product in Washington, and d) "Hail to the Redtails, Hail victory, 'Tails on the warpath, fight for ol' Virginny" sounds as ridiculous as the D.C. legislative proposition.
As an American of African and Seminole ancestry, I understand Native Americans' concerns.
The mayor and D.C. Council, not so much.
They have far more serious issues to contend with — including the city's horrible reputation as a caretaker. (Another ward of the city has been charged with homicide.)
Speaking of reputations
Morehouse College is sullying its reputation of educating future influential black men by disinviting the Rev. Kevin Johnson of Philadelphia because he said blacks aren't better off under President Obama, who is scheduled to deliver the commencement address.
Morehouse alumni — "Morehouse Men," as they are often called — are seething.
Here we go again with the progressive cultural tenet of tolerance.
Either you are tolerant or you are intolerant.
Progressives and liberals are speaking with forked tongues.
• Deborah Simmons can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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