So, The Onion Dropped the ‘Kike’ Bomb, Eh?

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Did the Onion go too far?

Absolutely. That was the point. And bravo to them.

By calling Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder (who is Jewish) a ‘kike’ in their satirical – but completely serious at-heart – riff on the NFL team’s denial of its own verbal abuse of an entire society of people who were intentionally and essentially squeegeed off history’s windshield, the Onion intended to outrage.

This is obvious. But it’s not just about turning the tables on other cultures. It’s about shining a light over everyone’s head. It’s about holding everyone accountable for their actions.

In this case – with is article – the Onion held themselves accountable, too.

They didn’t soften their language. They didn’t mince their words or try to turn a phrase.

The Onion called it like they saw it – like so many of us should see it. Chances are, more people who aren’t Jewish are offended by ‘kike’ than those who aren’t Aboriginal are offended by ‘Redskins’. They bet on this, but it wasn’t much of a gamble.

They also – and this is the one thing the Onion has always won over fans for – treated their readers intelligently. They expected us to figure it out. They expected us to, in the words of that rambling anchor from Network, get mad as hell and not take it anymore.

Kike and Redskin. They’re both slurs. And while not all genocides are the Holocaust, they’re still genocides.

But this isn’t even about a history of murder or extermination. It’s about the now and the why. Sure, this Redskins name was – for some unbelievable reason – deemed appropriate at one time, and those who say it’s not offensive are the same people who say the Sixties were harmonious.

“Everybody was happy, happy, happy,” right, Phil? I’ll lob a wild guess that you didn’t own a TV.

In a laughable interview with ESPN’s E:60, former Redskins player Jeff Bostic told the cameras with a straight face that the name ‘Redskin’ wasn’t offensive. To anybody.

Apologies, bud, but you’re not the one who gets to make that call.

“What would we change it to?” Bostic says, apparently thinking that not having an attractive enough alternative to a racist name means you should have a racist name. “How about the Washington Blades of Grass?”

Huh?

“That must be offensive, because they’re cutting the grass. Something’s gotta be offensive, dudn’t it?”

Yeah. He said ‘dudn’t it’.

“The Seattle Seahawks,” he continued, “It’s gotta be doing something to the native Seahawk.”

So, in Bostic’s book, certain people are no more important than blades of grass or birds.

The ESPN reporter interviewing Bostic then starts laughing.

“We keep talking about this, and you’re laughing, but it is… it is literally comical.”

Yeah. He’s not laughing with you, Jeff.

Look, debate the issue… if you must. That’s fine. But don’t piss on people and tell them it’s raining. Don’t be the guy who throws the last grenade and then yells ‘TRUCE!’

The Onion was brave. If you don’t get it, leave the conversation for the grown-ups.