Texas Rangers Respond To Demand They Change Their Name
The Texas Rangers have responded to a demand that they change their name because some find it offensive.
Their response: no we will not.
This week, the Rangers found themselves the object of ridicule when people began to criticize them for having a name linked to law enforcement agencies.
Quickly, offended parties began calling on the organization to change its name.
The Rangers responded to these calls with a quick and decisive answer: no.
“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.”
The issue arose originally when a columnist from the Chicago Tribune took issue with the Rangers name.
“It may be argued that the team name honors the current agency, not the worst elements of its history,” Chapman wrote. “But without the history and the legends, the franchise would not have adopted the name. No one would name a major league team ‘The Police’ or ‘The Highway Patrol.'”
Despite calls by offended parties for the Rangers to change their name, clearly the organization has no intention to do so.