Senate has more important things to do

Published: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 04:58 PM.

In an article entitled “Complicated People, Complicated History” writer Eric Metaxas wrote that humans are complicated and so is the history they make.

“This applies to Columbus, George Washington, Martin Luther King, and every son of Adam and daughter of Eve,” he wrote. Thinking people …“should appreciate this fact and leave the simplistic myths to the ideologues.”

Apparently half the U.S. Senate is filled with simplistic ideologues. Don’t they have more important things to do? Incredulously not.

It was reported last week that half the U.S. Senate urged National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell to change the Washington Redskins’ name. In an obviously politically-motivated letter to the NFL, the senators wrote that the name “Redskins” is a racist slur.

America — its history and its people — is far from perfect. As a human endeavor, America can’t be perfect. All we can hope for is the will, wisdom, means and grace to continue to strive for the perfection we can never achieve. Striving for perfection, though, shouldn’t mean eradicating our history.

Half the Senate (only Democrats signed the letter) doesn’t seem to understand the complexity of our history or the folly of their letter to the NFL. While it might be a flawless policy in an unattainable perfect world to change the name “Redskins,” or any other word or idea that offends, it is overly simplistic to do so.

Admittedly I’m a WASP, a White, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant. So except for that I’m a male and, as a male, incessantly beat up over “being from Mars” and for the whole “it’s a man’s world thing,” I have not felt the sting of discrimination.

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