This blog is a slight departure from my usual posts as a recent news story has raised some thoughts for me that I wanted to write about.
As a therapist, I’m always interested in human behavior, especially when it comes to inequality. I understand that humans often act irrationally, and I think discrimination is often based on learned thinking which can be overcome with time and education.
So I’ve been following the latest debate on whether the Washington Redskins American football team should change its name. This question has been going on for at least the last 30 years and last week, owner Daniel Snyder, publicly came out and proclaimed: ”We’ll never change the name, it’s that simple. NEVER — you can use caps.”
What I’m curious about is why, in 2013, we’re even arguing whether the name should be changed.