Bill Maher is Incorrect
Ironically, on Holocaust Remembrance Day, the comedian Bill Maher decided that it was not appropriate to oppose the name of the Washington professional football team, which is a dictionary defined racial slur associated with genocide. He likened the opponents of the name to politically correct people who have infested the Democratic Party and cost Hilary Clinton victory. It is implausible that white backlash against opposition to the name of the team mobilized voters for Trump. The controversy over the name is the most intense in the Washington DC area. The District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland went resoundingly for Hilary Clinton. Second, Trump won largely because of underemployed white working class voters who have not seen wage increases in decades. In particular, three states, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan, and 80,000 votes in those states cost Clinton the victory. It would be absurd that a controversy over the name of a team playing in the DC area had as much to do with outcome in those three states as loss of manufacturing jobs. And lastly, the poll Maher cites is flawed and done by a newspaper whose business is helped immensely by the owner of the pro football team. Re-think your commentary on this one, Mr. Maher. Here is the episode.
2/18/2019 12:53:19 pm
I am familiar with Mr. Bill Maher and his humor too. I guess, being a comedian comes with a huge responsibility too, and we need to be careful on our words. Though we have this image to take everything lightly, we need to know where to pause and when to take things seriously. Holocaust Remembrance Day was such an important day for some, while there are also people who don't want to remember it anymore. It all depends on the past!
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Josh Silver is one of the founders of RWF and is a life time fan that wants the name changed!