Rewriting History, In A Really Stupid Way
As F3ers go, I’m relatively politically correct. What can I say? You can take the boy out of Pelosi-ville, but you can’t take Pelosi-ville out of the boy.
Back in the late 1990s, when the NBA’s Washington Bullets changed their name to the Wizards, I was sympathetic, particularly in light of the urban violence that plagues Washington, D.C., and Balitmore. If the NFL’s Redskins ever get around to changing their name and caricature logo, I’d be on board with that as well.
That being said, I just don’t get Major League Baseball removing the image of a pistol from the “turn back the clock” Colt .45s uniforms that the Astros are going to wear for some games this season to mark their 50th anniversary.
Here’s an espn.com article about the decision.
I don’t happen to agree with the author when he says, “It’s nice that MLB doesn’t want kids exposed to handgun imagery … ” (pictures of guns don’t hurt anyone, and the Astros’ original name was a tribute to Texas’ frontier days, much like the names of other Texas teams like the Rangers, Mavericks, Cowboys and Spurs), but I share his sense of annoyance. Is this really the kind of airbrushing that we’ve come to as a culture?