Thomasville Times Enterprise

Opinion

June 21, 2014

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: What have we Americans become?

Have we Americans become a nation of fools who elect idiots to become our political leaders? No, I do not think so. However, it seems to me that once many of our elected officials are in office their common sense “falls into a Black Hole.”

Today, we are facing one national and international crisis after another, yet some of our elected officials in Washington are caught up in football. The Washington “Redskins” football team’s name has suddenly become a focal point after decades of doing just fine with the name without any complaints. It seems strange to me that this “concern” for a team’s name surfaces AFTER our president returns from a visit to an Indian reservation.

What legal right has given our Copyright Office officials the power to suddenly void a copyright name that has been duly registered for decades? Heaven forbid that the president should visit a Chrysler auto plant and discover (not through the press) that the company manufactures a vehicle named the “Jeep Cherokee.” He could then go on to a General Motors auto plant where he may discover an auto named “Cadillac.”

So this writer cannot be accused of discrimination against one of our “big three” auto companies, let us not forget Ford Motors. In 1955, Ford adopted the name “Thunderbird” for what has become a classic automobile. The Thunderbird was a sacred symbol to Indians of the Southwest. Are we disrespecting an Indian symbol? Ford has also used the name “Lincoln” since the 1920s.  (Granted, Lincoln is not an Indian name. However, Abe did fight the Indians in the early Indian wars.) Is it politically correct to use the name of one of our greatest presidents on a lowly automobile?

If our president then ventures on to one of our aerospace industries, he may discover, again without the help of the press, that a helicopter plant has named one of its products “Apache.” (As we all know, our president has stated publicly that he gets his information from the Press.)  ALL of these products have Indian names — how insulting to our Native Americans!

If our president visits the U.S. Naval Academy, he would be confronted with a statue of the Native American Indian, “Tecumseh,” as he goes through the gate. Chief Tecumseh was never in our U. S. Navy. Should his statue be removed? It is widely thought that our president has disdain for our military, so the Naval Academy midshipmen better be on guard!

Political correctness is destroying our freedom of speech, in ways both subtle and obvious. This prejudice of certain words in our language is usually dictated by a very small minority who fain hurt and injury by the use of certain names, symbols AND even thoughts. Before some readers raise up the racial, ethnic, religious, or cultural battle cries, my thoughts on political correctness do NOT in ANY WAY condone the use of words that we all know are meant to belittle and degrade any group.

As Americans of all races, colors, cultures and religions, we need to stand together and take back from our political leaders those constitutional rights and values that have made us all Americans. 

Dr. Homer R. Pankey

Thomasville

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