RG III Tweets About 'Tyranny of Political Correctness' as Lawmakers Debate Redskins' Name

By Eric Scheiner | May 1, 2013 | 7:32 AM EDT

Redskins QB Robert Griffin III. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

(CNSNews.com) - Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, apparently responding to public pressure to change the Redskins' name, tweeted, “In a land of freedom we are held hostage by the tyranny of political correctness.”

The statement appeared on RGIII’s Twitter account last night. A short time later, he tweeted: “Tyranny – ‘a condition imposed by some outside agency or force <living under the tyranny of the clock’ or political correctness….”

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The tweets from the NFL quarterback come just before an effort from the D.C. Council to change the name of the Washington Redskins is introduced.

A non-binding resolution calling on owner Daniel Snyder to have the team drop its current name in favor of the name “Redtails” is to be introduced May 1.

“Redtails” was the nickname of the Tuskegee Airmen. The airman are recognized for breaking the color barrier for U.S. pilots during World War II.

According to Richmond TV station WTVR, the resolution states, “District residents and their elected representatives should not tolerate commercial or other use of derogatory terminology relating to any people’s racial identity, or which dishonors any person’s race, or which dishonors the name Washington.”

Eric Scheiner
Eric Scheiner
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