RG3: The Redskins Name and the 'Tyranny of Political Correctness'
RG3, perhaps better known as Robert Griffin III, the star quarterback of the Washington Redskins has taken to Twitter to air his views about the D.C. NFL club's controversial name, considered racist by many Native Americans.
“In a land of freedom we are held hostage by the tyranny of political correctness,” RG3 tweeted on his official Twitter account. He followed that up with a definition of tyranny: "Tyranny- "a condition imposed by some outside agency or force <living under the tyranny of the clock" or political correctness...."
The Heisman Trophy winner's comments came soon after it was learned that D.C. Council member David Grosso would be formally introducing a resolution to push Daniel Snyder's NFL team to change its name from Redskins to Redtails.
An outpouring of tweets followed in response, on both sides of the redskins issue. “Tyranny? Do we share a common reality?” one person tweeted back to RGIII. “Loyalty to local racist named team fading…fading,” wrote another.
One Seattle fan jumped ship and become an RG3 supporter: "As a Seahawks fan, I gained a lot of respect for @RGIII today."
Some were confused, but supportive of the AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year speaking his mind: I don't know what @RGIII is upset about. But I love a superstar QB being willing to speak his mind. Please, media, can we let this continue?"
The young QB, who led the D.C. club to the playoffs for the first time since 2007 last year, is now the leader of the Redskins team and a legitimate NFL superstar in the making. He's shared his views. What do you think? Let ICTMN know by commenting below.
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