Labor Department Bans Redskins Jerseys

From the Washington Times: “Labor Department throws football party, but bans Redskins jerseys.”

When the U.S. Labor Department’s Center for Civil Rights wanted to celebrate its accomplishments last week, its managers threw the staff a football-themed tailgate party in the office parking lot.

The invite, distributed across the agency’s official email system, had all the rah-rah of a playoff game. “Celebrate a championship year!” it declared.

Even the regular office dress policy was relaxed. “Show your team spirit and wear your favorite sports or club theme gear and come and enjoy tailgating favorites like dips, chili, chicken wings, nachos and more game-day grub,” the invite said.

There was only stipulation: no Washington Redskins jerseys, paraphernalia or memorabilia.

“It has been respectfully requested that employees voluntarily refrain from wearing clothing or other sports memorabilia that promote Washington D.C.’s professional football team, the Redskins, or other teams that use names, characters, etc. that may portray American Indians or other cultures in a derogatory manner,” said an asterisk-marked note at the bottom of the invitation.

An email from an office manager went into greater detail about the ban, while forwarding the invite.

“While I recognize the varying opinions surrounding the name of the Washington D.C. football team, as a civil rights office, I ask us all to be particularly sensitive to names, symbols, etc., that may be considered offensive based on race, ethnicity, sex, etc.,” the email read.

“Please join me in promoting an inclusive environment for all employees and be conscientious about how we represent our values as a civil rights office.”

Mark Horne has covered this madness, so I won’t repeat the arguments here.

But we should recognize the obvious fact that the Labor Department could have avoided this issue if they wanted to do so. It would have been easy to come up with a different theme for a party. They wanted an opportunity to impose a ban on their employees. This was an opportunity as far as they were concerned.

These people are obviously waiting for the day they can ban the speech of everyone.