By Isaac Butler
Hey! I have a piece in HuffPo about why the Redskins should change their name and branding:
When I was growing up in the heyday of Washington, D.C.'s crime wave, when our murder rate made national headlines and a serial killer nicknamed the shotgun stalker prowled the now-pricey streets of Columbia Heights, the Washington Bullets, our basketball team, abruptly announced they were changing their name. Owner Abe Pollin explained that the name made him uncomfortable, because so many bullets were being used to kill D.C.'s citizenry and had just been used against Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
Now, a loose campaign is afoot to pressure the Washington Redskins into changing their name. At least on an ethical front, the decision is a no-brainer. The name is an ethnic slur and deeply offensive. Tradition is not a defense if the tradition is wrong. If the Bullets can change their name because of negative associations with violence, the Skins should be able to follow suit.
Later on, it somehow works in Woody Allen. Don't ask me, I just write this stuff. You can read it here.