Wednesday, February 15


So a professional soccer team dares not call itself the "Houston 1836" in honor of the city's founding lest it risks offending the Hispanic community, because the date of the Bayou City's founding might just promote divisiveness among Houstonians. How could that possibly be, you ask, in a city that handily-willingly accomodates 350,000 - 400,000 illegal aliens and, as a Sanctuary City, goes to great lengths not to offend even those here illegally and without proper documentation?

Because, you see, in 1836 Texas won its independence from Mexico, and although the Battle of the Alamo was fought and lost by out-numbered Texans to overwhelming Mexican forces led by Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana, the Battle of San Jacinto was waged, too, that same year and won by out-numbered Texans over overwhelming Mexican troops, again led by the redoubtable Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana. The first bit of history was okay, I suppose, unless of course your family tree includes the likes of Davy Crockett or Jim Bowie or William Travis; the latter, however, remains anathema to those in Houston of Mexican descent who still feel primary allegiance to Mexico. It follows, then, does it not, that a team called the "Sam Houstons" would have similarly been a slight to many in the Latino community?

So what gives with the hypersensitivity and nonsensical political correctness that apparently abound in America's 4th largest city? Report's the Houston Chronicle:

Many Hispanics have voiced their dislike for the controversial name, claiming it carries an anti-Mexican sentiment and lends itself to be a divisive tool among Houstonians.

Although 1836 was meant to symbolize the year Houston was founded, it also has links to other significant events some Mexican-Americans might find offensive. Those include Texas' independence from Mexico, the Battle of the Alamo and the defeat of Gen. Antonio López de Santa Anna's Mexican army at the hands of Gen. Sam Houston in the Battle of San Jacinto during the Texas Revolution.

The logo, a star with "Houston 1836" emblazoned on it, depicts a silhouette of Houston riding a horse.

I guess that means that Americans dare not ever allow a professional sports team to be named "1776" for fear of offending those of British ancestry (or "1945" for fear of antagonizing those of German, Italian, or Japanese descent).

In an age of Cartoon Wars, anything and everything can offend and one must walk on eggshells. Maybe the best choice would have been the "Houston No-Names."