Sunday, February 2, 2014

The fact the NFL continues to be a tax exempt franchise is completely mind blowing. The NHL and PGA Tour is also a part of that tax exempt list. Meanwhile these assholes won't change the name of the Washington "Redskins" because apparently business always trumps the interest of one of the most, if not the most oppressed and disenfranchised demographic of the United States. Man. I can't even imagine having lived through the 1800's in America real talk. Talk about raw racism! Colonists, immigrants, slaves, and Native Americans. Big baby Jesus. America was probably one scary fucking place! Fast forward more than a hundred years and institutionalized racism is clearly not going anywhere. As much as I love history and respect tradition, there's an obligation we owe to the present and the future to change the way we do things if what we do, how we behave, and how we treat each other lacks integrity and fairness. That should be a no brainer but I guess what's more important is how much money this franchise stands to lose by changing it's name.

"The NFL, registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization, generates billions in broadcast and licensing deals for its member teams and brings in about $255 million in revenues annually. It paid its commissioner, Roger Goodell, $29.4 million in 2011, the most recent figures available."

"A white man and an elderly Native man became pretty good friends, so the white guy decided to ask him: “What do you think about Indian mascots?” The Native elder responded, “Here’s what you’ve got to understand. When you look at black people, you see ghosts of all the slavery and the rapes and the hangings and the chains. When you look at Jews, you see ghosts of all those bodies piled up in death camps. And those ghosts keep you trying to do the right thing. “But when you look at us you don’t see the ghosts of the little babies with their heads smashed in by rifle butts at the Big Hole, or the old folks dying by the side of the trail on the way to Oklahoma while their families cried and tried to make them comfortable, or the dead mothers at Wounded Knee or the little kids at Sand Creek who were shot for target practice. You don’t see any ghosts at all. “Instead you see casinos and drunks and junk cars and shacks. “Well, we see those ghosts. And they make our hearts sad and they hurt our little children. And when we try to say something, you tell us, ‘Get over it. This is America. Look at the American dream.’ But as long as you’re calling us Redskins and doing tomahawk chops, we can’t look at the American dream, because those things remind us that we are not real human beings to you. And when people aren’t humans, you can turn them into slaves or kill six million of them or shoot them down with Hotchkiss guns and throw them into mass graves at Wounded Knee. “No, we’re not looking at the American dream. And why should we? We still haven’t woken up from the American nightmare. By: Marsha Pluff"

Who's Marsha Pluff? I have no idea.

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