Texas Rangers Back in The Crosshairs of Social Justice Mob

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A new sports team has the social justice mob circling its wagons, and while it may be logical to think about the Atlanta Braves, or Kansas City Chiefs, or the already resistant Chicago Blackhawks, the crowd is focused on the Texas Rangers. Because, well, logic and mob mentality rarely go in the same direction.

The conversation surrounding name change and sports franchises has gone on for years, but due to the recent change made by the Washington Redskins, the offended feel heard. The call for the Rangers change is to address its “problematic association” with the historical Texas Rangers law enforcement and it has grown louder. 

Whether or not the name of the Redskins or Rangers should be changed can be debated, but we can’t debate the ripple effect that caving to Twitter outrage will have on the rest of sports. 

The Rangers — like the Blackhawks — have been proactive in saying that they will not be changing. 

“While we may have originally taken our name from the law enforcement agency, since 1971 the Texas Rangers Baseball Club has forged its own, independent identity,” the team said in a statement. “The Texas Rangers Baseball Club stands for equality. We condemn racism, bigotry and discrimination in all forms.”

Everything offends somebody and we have already seen that when you give a small minority the authority to cry for change, and it is successful, the tears will never end. It is akin to raising a small child. Once they learn that the weeping works, it will persist knowing the eventual outcome.

Numerous polls have been made by The Breeze’s Dan Ford that back the claim the public outcry is from liberal white people, not the groups of the alleged “victims”. This is likely to remain true for not only the Washington Redskins, the Rangers, or any other sports nickname going forward.

The NFL succumbed to years of pressure to change the Redskins nickname. Whether it was correct or not is immaterial, the cause-effect that it created is a world where offenses hold expectations. It creates the Victim Olympics, where those “offended” expect outrage to amount to change in the opinions and actions of those around them. The greatest perceived victim is the most important. 

This entire argument to keep or ditch the Texas Rangers nickname is a fool’s game. It distracts from the important issues that face our country in the present day. 

We are stooping to the level of Twitter trolls by amplifying far left ideology. It needs to end here before American liberals’ obsession with offense takes us off the rails. 

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for OutKick.com, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr


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  1. What is being attempted against the Redskins has never been done before. In English. Erase a name? Forbid it to be spoken? The logo and images deleted? From history? NFL films? John Facenda talking John Riggins and the Hogs?

    The late SCOTUS, Justice Antonin Scalia, once said, when asked about a decision on a case that had retroactive effect, ‘when the court decides what is the law Constitutionally, its not the future law, its the law, past, present and future.’ (Paraphrased from the famous IRS decision 20 years ago)

    If the Redskins name is ‘illegal’ as a nickname and never to be spoken or seen like Moses’ Name from the 10 commandments, then that is the law. Right? Wrong.

    A law I plan to break, if I even watch pro football anymore.

  2. That’s a great piece Gary. I appreciate the deference about whether the idea of change is right or wrong or whether the individual cases have merit or not. You absolutely correctly identify the issue is the behavior and what happens when you give into a mob mentality. I appreciate you mentioning the polls that demonstrate this is largely liberal white people. I would add “young“ to that list of adjectives almost without question. So the most privileged, most entitled members of society are clamoring for meaningless, cosmetic changes that will not change the life of a single impoverished, young person of any race.

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