Apparently—and readers can correct me if I’m wrong here—there is some “important” men’s sporting event taking place in New Jersey tomorrow, about which we could not care less.*
Meanwhile, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) has been on a fairly successful mission to eliminate racist team names and mascots from high school, college and professional sports teams. They have been particularly aggressive in going after the Washington Professional Football Team, which uses a shitty slur as its official team name. To that end, NCAI produced an amazing and beautiful ad, but cannot raise the funds to air it during tomorrow’s Really Big and Super Manly Sporting Contest. We’re doing our part to help make the video go viral by spreading it to our Many Tens of Loyal Readers™. Watch and share:
As pressure has built from Indian organizations and their allies as well as a growing cadre of media outlets and individuals, including a number of sports writers, team owner Dan Snyder has vowed never to change the name. He’s gone so far as to enlist the support of fake Indian “chiefs,” other liars and methodologically sloppy polls to make the case that few people are offended by the name, which he claims actually shows respect and admiration for American Indians.
Knowing nothing else about him, I would bet the entire Palace Treasury that this Dan Snyder shitweasel is a right-wing conservative. The signs and symptoms of Conservative Personality Disorder on display in just that single sentence makes that wager as close to a sure thing as can be found in the known universe.
*Of course we care. For one thing, more people watch the Super Macho Important Sporting Competition than vote, thus making vividly clear the grotesque priorities of our fellow citizens. Also, the money casually spent on football while American kids live in poverty and attend crumbling schools is nothing short of an inexcusable obscenity. The sport is harmful to players: knees, vertebrae, brains. And while we do not begrudge any adult’s choice of entertainment—provided it harms no others—American football is a festering stew of toxic patriarchy. It reflects and reinforces sexist gender binaries, rape culture and warrior culture. It is a potent disease vector for conservative memes.
This is not a complete list of grievances.