Many idiotic reasons have been put forward as to precisely why Freedom! would be compromised were a certain sports team to no longer utilize a racist nickname, but this emanation from ancient blog-chum Jeff Goldstein takes the, if I may say, recherché biscuit.
Goldstein excretes this Reaction in response to an article in the WaPo that puts forward the notion that it may be a bit gauche to bestow Cool Red Scalp 'Em Names upon military hardware, given how military hardware has been historically used to brutally subjugate Native Americans. Take it away, dickhead!
Not to keep beating this horse, but it’s always about language. And that’s because language controls thought and thought, when driven to consent, either affirmatively or through tacit surrender, secures power, from which all else derives.
Nobody pretending to outrage over this gives a tinker’s damn about Native American dignity. They care about controlling language and by doing so, controlling thought and collecting power. There’s nothing noble in their stance, and we needn’t pretend their is.
It may be always about language, though clearly, it is not always about the English language, precisely.
That (far, please) aside, how the hell does Goldstein know what motivates anyone who finds the military's, or the NFL's, use of Native American names at best crass, and at worst horrific? Maybe they sincerely think this!
For maybe we are compelled to take them at their word on this, at least according to the Iron Laws of Crackpot Linguistic Theory:
But the only real linguistic point here is that he and those like him can drum up phony outrage by presuming to speak to others’ intent, and by presuming to endure others’ outrage for them, whether they — or those whose outrage they claim to endure — are outraged in reality or not.
So declaims the dingbat who is presuming to speak for hypothetically non-aggreived minorities, as well as to the surely morally crystalline non-racist "linguistic intent" of rich white sports fuckos of the 1930s. And who is deigning to explain the REAL "llinguistic intent" of anyone who is white and thinks "Redskins" is just fucking embarrassing in 2014.
But whatever. There's a reason why the military doesn't call its machines the Mach I Niggerfag or the Wopkraut Mickchink. It's because they can't get away with it.
Native Americans are not, as a careful review of the relevant literature suggests, the overall historical beneficiaries of linguistic bullying. No, really.