Those who try and change racist symbols and names like that of the Washington football team immediately come right up against that brick wall of the ‘It’s our tradition and as long as we think its not racist, it can’t be racist’ argument. I cannot afford to laugh at such ridiculous arguments because the people of Cleveland use that same argument to defend the racist Chief Wahoo baseball logo.
One of the criticisms made of satirical programs like The Daily Show is that despite poking fun at people who defend racist symbols, they never succeed in actually achieving anything. Here they describe what happened when they tried to get the village of Whitesboro to change its racist seal.
(This clip aired on January 21, 2016. To get suggestions on how to view clips of The Daily Show and The Nightly Show outside the US, please see this earlier post. If the videos autoplay, please see here for a diagnosis and possible solutions.)