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Washington Redskins relent to pressure; what will be next?

By Joseph Hayes

I was still early in my writing career at the Times Herald, when I got the idea to write a story about the use of Native American imagery in sports.

In the Blue Water Area where the use of several names, such as the Port Huron Big Reds, Sandusky Redskins and Capac Chiefs, so I devoted a few weeks to work on an article that would be our centerpiece for the sports section one Sunday paper.

The response was different than what I imagined going in, but I guess should have been expected.

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In communities such as Port Huron, Sandusky and Capac that had used heritage as mascots, everyone was not very open to the article.

In some other places, it was actually warmly received. I can actually recall receiving feedback from around the country thanking me for the article and suggesting I wrote more on the topic.

I never would have imagined at the time it would mean so much. But there are always two sides to every coin.

One person could feel strong emotions that their heritage shouldn’t be used as something that another culture takes and dresses up as for a game.

Another person might take pride in the tradition that has already been established over time.

Both might feel they aren’t being heard.

Just look at the case of the Washington Redskins. There are so many sides to this coin, that it took money to become involved for Washington to relent.

But it does beg the question, what will be next?

Are we approaching the time that everyone attempts to outright each other in political correctness? It sure seems so.

That would include things in the Blue Water Area. How far does the unraveling go when it comes to the changes in the fabric of our nation?

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