The Corner

Deadskins

The Supreme Court won’t hear a case about the legality of the team name of the Washington Redskins. I’m not unsympathetic to the claim that “Redskins” is an insult, especially with the way they’re playing this year. Much of this is in the eye of the beholder. (The “Deadskins” did win yesterday, but what group of people would want to be affiliated with an NFL team that’s 3-6?) Yet I’m also a defender of the practice of using Indian symbols in sports, where they are usually tributes to martial courage.

UPDATE: e-mail:

Cheap shot about the Redskins in today’s Corner Miller! They got it done yesterday!!!

Me: No cheap shot intended. I am a fan of the Detroit Lions. There. I said it. I am a fan of the worst football team in the history of the NFL. Let me tell you about cheap shots!

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.