The word Redskin is clearly racist. What if they were the Whiteskins, Yellowskins or Blackskins? Would anybody think twice about changing the name? The answer is that it would have never been allowed in the first place. This is not about political correctness this is simply about using a racist term against the most oppressed people in American history.
As a Native American, I find it offensive that Washington ownership is profiting from using a racial slur to sell merchandise and promote a game I enjoy. I have been called that name in anger before, and to see it emblazoned on tv, print and digital advertising is offensive to me. I speak only for myself and my view on the name. The fact that Washington was also the last NFL team to integrate, in 1961, shows the team's track record of cultural insensitivity.
The name is racist and insensitive. I support naming the team a name that is not associated with racism and ignorance. The name Redskins is a racial slur aimed at insulting and demeaning American Indians. Even if a person does not agree, in the name of basic compassion we should honor their sentiments and change the name to one that does not degrade any ethnic group. It would be like calling the team the "Washington Coons". Think about it.
The name is offensive because Native Americans say it is. You cannot judge whether a name is offensive when it does not apply to you. Think about the racial slurs or derogatory images that are associated with your race. Would you be ok with a team being called by one of the negative names associated with your race? Probably not. Then why is it any different when it is a negarive Native American symbol. To not change it is arrogant and disrespectful. Treat people the way you would want to be treated.
The term redskins could be offensive. It is used as a racial slur. You wouldn't say it to someone in a friendly way, like saying "Hey bro!". When you are using the term redskin, you usually say (just an example, don't take seriously) "You filthy Redskin!" It is not only racist, but stereo typical. If the team had any pride, they would change the name to something else. Even the Washington Natives would be better. (Sorry for any grammar mistakes, I am only 12.)
...Have a team named the New York [worst name you can think to call an African American]
...Have a team named the Chicago [worst name you can think to call an Asian American]
...Have a team named the Houston [worst name you can think to call a Caucasian]
...Have a team named the St. Louis [worst name you can think to call a Latino(a)]
So why, in the nation's capital no less, are we allowed to have a team named with the worst name you can think of for Native Americans? If the community of people you are "honoring" is telling you that it is not an honor...How can you argue with that? It is dehumanizing and puts a whole group of people in the past as opposed to currently living, working, wearing blue jeans, and existing in America as Americans?
When a name or logo brings positive, or at least neutral feelings toward the group it represents its fine. But when the representative group is offended, then it should be changed. If Indian Nations take offense to the name and logo, and rightfully so, then it is time to do something different. Take nominations form the fans/residents and vote. Isn't that what our country does? Change is a part of our nation, so maybe the football franchise can lead the way. Some thoughts...Revolution, Generals, Federals, Raptors, etc. The list is endless!
You wouldn't really name a team a derogatory word? Im sure many people would like to keep it the same as it is, but "redskin" is degrading and offending. It isn't that hard to come up with a name that is not derogatory. For example, The Washington wolves. That wasn't that hard, was it?
Redskin is a racial slur. While it may not have started out that way, historically the term became derogatory and used to describe Native Americans as less than human. There are no teams called "Chinks" or "Gooks" or "Blackskins" because that would be offensive. An ignorant man gave his team a racial slur for a name- back when it was acceptable. It was also "acceptable" for people to use the N word once upon a time. It's not anymore- and it's not acceptable to call a team "redskins."
Why offend some people when it it easy to correct. Makes no sense at all. A century ago RG III would have been just another n&**er with no chance, now we have a talented QB who has been given the chance he deserved. Lets get rid of offensive names. Maybe there's talented Native Americans who can be NFL stars if they felt they had a chance.
After the way the white man has treated the true Americans you would think that they would attempt to undue some of those wrongs that they have done to them. It's a shame that white people still think that it's OK to make fun of the way people may differ in appearance.
I think they should change the name besides the point they have had the name for over 80 years now and it has just been seen by the people that watch football. It would be a good thing to change it because I would not want the team that I get drafted to have a name that was raciest are made me feel uncomfortable and not want to play.
Why not call them the Pale Faces, if it's accept to the owners to use an insults. Native Americans, depicted in Hollywood movies, usually called the white man "Pale Face." Society has "evolved" to care about how the underdog is treated, but the rich feel they cannot be "harmed" in any way. Of course, they can be hurt, by boycotting their games. We don't "need" to attend a baseball game.
The fact that so many Americans do not find the term "Redskins" offensive is offensive itself and, quite honestly, a reflection of the problems that this country faces on a bigger scale. The idea that any group of people is portrayed in a derogatory light for the sake of making money is wrong.
The Washington team should just change the name because this is only a losing argument for them. They will keep the people that already watch and support them. But they are losing out on the people that could become fans. I also bet they lose out on selling merchandise because I might go to a game but would never buy anything with that name on it because I could not wear it.
It's racist and offensive. To those people who cite tradition as the reason to keep the name are blind to the fallacy of their argument. Society changes and so does its view on issues. Otherwise, we would still have slavery and women wouldn't be able to vote to this day. Change the name. Football fans will still watch the team under any new name. I know I will.
Most definitions for the word "Redskins" state it has a negative connotation. Perhaps it's time to evolve the name as society's acceptance for racial slurs is lessening. If you weigh the pros and cons of the common interpretations of the name, the cons outweigh any positive connotation and that includes the basic objection to racial epitaphs as well as the use of the word in a negative stereotyping sense.
I believe that the Washington "R-word" name should be changed to the Washington Cavalry. This name will signify that we as a nation have taken a significant step in ridding the country of all references to Native Americans in sports. The mascot can be a cute little caricature of fallen hero General George Custer.
Look at history and what the name means. There is no difference between the n word and redskin. Learn Indian history and see. It is hypocritical to support one without supporting the other. No honest person learning black history and Indian history can say there is a difference. Indians were killed because of their race, made slaves because of their race, isolated because of their Race, and saw their women and children starve to death when they laid down their arms. It a joke when folks can't see this. The real problem is folks like me, an American Indian don't cry and whine and march when it's said. That's what's wrong. People know a lot about black history, but Indian history has been stuffed out.
The name "redskins" comes from killing a race of people. Scalps, body parts for money. Those who continue to use the term are the same ones who crucify Riley Cooper and Paula Deen. Just the other day I heard a nationally syndicated talk show host call the Riley Cooper incident despicable, etc. And went on and on....Saying he would never forgive him. In the next sentence he said redskins. But that's ok...You see. At least according to them. It's a joke and so hypocriticle it's band belief. While I do not think the N word should be used, and I don't think we should haze gay folks, there are folks whom push this on radio then have no problem insulting American Indians. Have they ever heard of the trail of tears...Have they ever heard about Indians being enslaved out west? Have they ever heard of Chief Joseph or sitting bull? How the American military slaughtered women, children, and men for no reason? They told us to give us our guns and we will protect you. Then they sent us to deserts to starve to death. But it's ok to say redskins.......If nothing else, it's so hypocritical to hear these same folks militantly degrade folks and say they will never forgive them for saying the n word, or a gay slur, but use redskins everyday.
I can see where the term can be offensive to Native Americans; I myself who am of Nubian descent would not like it if an NFL or any other sports team called themselves the "N*****s" or the "Spearchuckers" or the "Cottonpickers," etc. You get my drift. So in my opinion, Mr. Snyder should really consider a name change. It's time. How about the "Washington Calvary?" Pretty catchy, huh?
If we're debating about sports team names that reverberate to potent experiences in American history, the name of the Washington REDSKINS name might be changed to the Washington FORMERLY ALL WHITES. There's nothing more refreshing than names that ring of truth. Obviously, the Washington Redskins is not a baseball team made up of the persons or the ghosts of oppressed Indigenous First Nations people. FORMERLY ALL WHITES would be closer to the truth of who actually makes up the team: White Americans, Americans of Color, and imported talent from countries like Japan.
"Redskin" is a racial slur. There is no way around that fact. We don't have teams who call themselves racial slurs regarding blacks, Hispanics, or Jews. Just because a group is severely underrepresented, racial slurs are not justified. Just because of tradition racial slurs are not justified. Racial slurs are never justified. End of Story.
Apache Airguns! Why not call them Redneck Airguns! Or the Washington Whiteskins! For that matter. Alaska First Nation Peoples, Native American Peoples Traditional Governments, and Indigenous Peoples of the world always get slang labeled, slang referenced, slang singled out, and then associated with war, violence, destruction, dirtiness, and ignorance. Thank you.
I think that the Washington Redskins should change their name because some people find it very racist. I know that it was acceptable to call Native Americans "Redskins" years ago, but this is now. It's different. They're people, too, y'know? I honestly don't think that it's very fair for them.
It's equivalent to the "n" word to many. Even as a child, I knew the name was wrong. The name change is long overdue. Those who are not offended are not Native Americans. The mascot is offensive, the name is offensive. Why continue using a name that hurts many? I support any legal means to get the team to change the name.
For real fans, we'd be just as proud with Redhawks or Hogs... Provided that there's a championship nearby. I actually think a name change would be pretty cool. Think of all the new merchandise that Snyder would have to sell -- and the pride he'd instill in the Native American community. I'd figure out a way to keep it related to the franchise... Snyder is just taking the lazy way out right now.
I admit I'm not a sports fan so I don't have any attachments to any teams but the name is offensive and should be changed. Can anybody think of a worse term for Native Americans? It might have been tolerated by most people in the past when racial stereotypes were everywhere (advertising, cartoons, movies, etc) but not today. Saying names likes Cowboys,etc are the same is false. When has being called a Cowboy an insult? No one criticizes Dallas for that name.
No explanation needed. There is nothing positive about the word. It's like calling blacks the n word, hispanics spi#@ or any other racist term to describe a nationality. Daniel Snyder is a rich POS who only cares about his wealth. And no player for his team has enough courage to take a stance for anything.
Many people are citing that it has been that way for years as support for not changing the name - other things that had been a way for years - NFL teams were segregated by race, NFL rules did not require helmets (I think, could be wrong), less than 100 years ago women were not allowed to vote...
A mascot is not going to be a fair representation of any ethnic group. Also, having a Native American mascot is just an invitation for "fans" to dress up and inadvertently mock and desecrate Native American cultures, beliefs, and histories. I cannot imagine that a Native American mascot would bring any pride, joy, or happiness to Native American or anyone with understanding of Native American culture.
All people have the right to be treated with dignity simply because they are people. Native people object to it and are offended by it. As a nation we are taught to accept diversity and treat others as we want to be treated. The owner of this football team is doing neither. When we were a young nation we lied, cheated, killed, and tried to exterminate the natives living here. It is past time to change the way we treat these people. Changing the offensive name of the football team that represents our nations capital could be a starting point for improved relations with these people.
I think so due to the fact that it makes some feel uncomfortable would you like some one calling you the n word or a cracker no you wouldn't. So why should the Indians have to deal with it. I don't think it is fair for them to have to take a verbal beating if they did nothing wrong. You know what they used to use the term redskin for. It was the bounty placed on an Indians skin. You still think it is a good name?
There are plenty of other names. If it is racist why not just change it to one of these. Even though it may cost a lot of money, it will still be worth it. All of these names sound cooler than redskins. Infact, Redskins is possibly the worst team name in the NFL. But If we change it, it will not even be close. C'mon DC
The Redskin’s name should be changed because it is an offensive term for the Native Americans. It is hurtful and unkind to them. It reminds them of the injustice done to them by the Settlers when they came with guns and forced them out of the land. The Native Americans today are enraged by the fact that they named the team “The Redskins” and have a Native American Mascot. Just because it is a tradition, doesn’t mean that they can’t change the name. They made the name back then, and now times have changed, so they will have to change the name to something more suitable. The football committee should come together and make the owner of the team to change the name, despite the history of the team, to a less derogatory name. They need to think of a name that will be better for everybody; a name that won’t be offensive in anyway. Maybe they would change the name after an animal or an iconic symbol of Washington D.C like “The Capitols.”
Imagine if your race has a stereotypical degrading headline like The Washington redskins, the way society will look at you will be in the way you are portrayed in these stereotypes. So having the mascot name Redskins, your bringing to light worst of ones race. No one person would want to live with that type of cloud above their heads mocking them with the very racist name, Redskins.
The name itself is really an over exaggeration. Even without looking at history, are Native Americans really red? No, of course not. Every Native American I have ever seen has been some shade of brown. So, its an offensive hyperbole- Strike one. Then you add the history of the word, and the hundreds of thousands of natives who definitely find it offensive and the term "redskin," is outta there!
The fact that so many Americans do not find the term "Redskins" offensive is offensive itself and, quite honestly, a reflection of the problems that this country faces on a bigger scale. The idea that any group of people is portrayed in a derogatory light for the sake of making money is wrong.
The name is offensive The word Redskin is clearly racist. What if they were the Whiteskins, Yellowskins or Blackskins? Would anybody think twice about changing the name? The answer is that it would have never been allowed in the first place. This is not about political correctness this is simply about using a racist term against the most oppressed people in American history.
Redskins now means a bunch of cry babies that run casinos. Are they really red skinned? Most of us really don't see a person by what color they are. We just notice if they are respectible or a free loader or thug. In the last 200 years what have the Indians done? Yes they have the most right to complain over any other minority about getting a bad deal. The Indians should come up with a name that will honor all indians like braves or chiefs.
It's not like it will change the way they play and also we must care about one's opinion. We can argue that it has been there for 81 years but we also have to know the fact that people's mind has been developing. Maybe it has been offending people for all these people but it just didn't get to the focus to who is in charge.
Native Americans find it offensive so the say of non-Native Americans should not matter. After the way Native Americans have been murdered, pushed onto reservations, and generally abused over the years, the very least we could to is to not use a name that offends them. Also, why keep it? Are you really that attached to the name of your football team you would insult thousands of people's culture to keep it? The name of a football team is not as important as not offending Native Americans. I understand it is only a name, but it is what the name means, all the disrespect and intolerance that it embodies that matters.
I think that the Redskins name should be changed because people keep going back on this subject. It really annoys people who don't really care if the Redskins change their name or not, including me. I just want them to change their name so that people would just shut up about it and focus on the more important things like ending world hunger or finding the cure for cancer. I don't mean to be offensive but this situation is really getting out of hand.
As I understand it , the word "Redskins" is offensive to the American Indian. Like other offensive words used to degrade other cultures, it is down right iniquitous! Regardless that the word/title "Redskins" has been around 81 years, however in this day, it is deemed demeaning, and has a negative connotation, to the overall culture of the American Indian. Much like the other offensive words, used against other cultures "we, the people", need to seek kinder and gentler behaviour so that children and adults, alike, begin to conduct themselves with civility and strive for a more cohesive and inclusive world. Name calling and using titled names which are offensive is simply bad behavior. With all the various cultures, now in America, they have a right to be respected even when a name is offensive. Change is intimidating, however, sometimes change is needed to prevent the madness!
The Redskins have received their name during the time racism was active. If there was a team called Blackskin or Whiteskin it would have been changed. No other team has a name that describes them racially which is why the name should be changed. Redskins are a football team that should have their name changed but the owner is to stubborn to realize that.
Washington Redskins received their name in an era when racism was rampant. George Preston Marshall was well known for his racist antics. Redskin is a demeaning and derogatory word used to describe Native Americans. Take a look at any online dictionary and you will see. This is not about sensitivity, it is about continuing to keep a racial history alive. One that is harmful and offensive to Native American people. You ask how I know? My answer is because I am one of those Native Americans that is offended. CHANGE THE NAME!!
People say the majority of the Native Americans don’t get offended and because of that we shouldn’t consider this a big problem. Just that is a major problem. That means the culture of racism is so deeply ingrained we don’t even see the racism when it’s right in front of us. To get rid of that culture and reach a society without racism a name-change would be a step in the right direction. And also there is no logic in denying the problem just because all Natives don’t get offended. That is the same as ignoring the feelings of the many people who get offended and that’s not a very nice thing to do.
The Whities or the Blackies would be demeaning as well.
And the fight song "Hail to the Redskins" isn't to honor Native Americans...
It is about the football team.
It is a slur. Call any native you meet a redskin and see what happens.
Not rocket science. The desire to keep it is business and tradition...
I guess that is the true nature of the USA... If it is more important than offending even 30% of an entire ethnic group.
If there were a team called the NY Blackskins... Oh wait there wouldn't be.... Do i really need to explain it? No and the answer is obvious. Were not celebrating anything by the name Redskins were just pointing something out. Braves, yes, Blackhawks, yes. Redskins? Come on its so obvious.
If such name is offensive to any group of people, we as a nation of a melting pot of many nations should be sensitive to offending any. We are a nation of one people. United States of America. Who was here first;. Native Americans. Who has been disrespected the most: Native Americans. What's the problem? Change the name.
Couldn't the NFL make a compromise? Like change the name of Redskins to the name of the native tribe that lived there before they were forcibly removed? Or would that bring up wounds? This parallel is like Black calling each other ni**a, if they really don't have an issue with it, then fine, but if so then I think it should be changed
The name is a racial slur plain and simple. This is as bad as a team with the name Baltimore Blacks or the Jacksonville Jews. It's very easy to change a name to new that isn't focused on the color of a races skin. The Cleveland Indians are the next team name to change.
I believe the name is offensive and racist. The fact that the NFL supports the use of a name that offends a group of Americans is disgusting!
If a team had the name Blackskins or Brownskins or Jewsskins (I would be offended by Jewsskins because I'm Jewish), I doubt the NFL would support those names
This is self-evident and needs no support. If the name was the Washington Kikes, Darkies, Pollacks or Slant Eyes would there be a "controversy? The only people who support this are either racists in their own right or intransigent Washington residents. Media simply need to ignore the name and begin calling this the Washington Football Team.
The dictionary the term redskin is racist to native Americans the dictionary terms redskin is taken to be offensive. I was listening to a radio show about a native American who is trying to educate the general public, that the term redskin, is not a nice thing to say about native Americans.
Life long and die hard Redskins fan, born in the District.
I think it comes down to understanding and recognizing the reality of the situation. Namely, that sometimes change is bad, (moving the team to Maryland) sometimes change is good (RGIII), sometimes change is necessary, in this particular case its more the latter.
The Washington Redskins really need to change their name. It surprises me that they haven't done it already because it should have been done many years ago. The name is offensive to Native Americans and gives off bad vibes. The organization should probably change it so they can avoid unwanted attention.
People need to lighten up a little bit on the political correctness issue. I don't see why the Cowboys shouldn't have to change their name also. Words or names only have power if we give it to them. Some names for races do seem designed to be very negative in a hurtful way, but I don't think redskins is one of them, it was simply a way of describing their appearance much as the word black is used today to describe a race.
They've had that name for years. It's just the name of a football team. Anyone who would be offended by it is simply looking for something to be offended about. No one is hurt or discriminated against because of the name of a football team. As a society, we have much bigger problems than the name of a football team.
"A BBC News Magazine online article by Tom Geoghegan (posted 9/13/2013) deals with the history of the term "redskins." Apparently it was used by natives in America to distinguish themselves from Europeans. This tidbit comes from Ives Goddard, senior linguist at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. That a term used by the natives themselves would be derogatory does not make any sense, Goddard points out."
The Redskins are being singled out. Where are the calls for the Atlanta Braves, Florida State Seminoles, Illinois Fighting Illini, Chicago Blackhawks, North Dakota Fighting Sioux, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego State Aztecs, Utah Utes, etc. The list goes on and on.
The Redskins have a long and proud history. The name have never been used in a derogatory manner.
Having a National Football League team use an ethnic group name for their team name would be an enormous compliment as far as I am concerned. It just seems to me that someone always has to come up with something to complain about or take issue with. Get a life!.
There are no more Indians in America. We are all Americans with ancestry from different countries. When we talk about afro Americans we say black people and when we talk about Caucasian we call them white people Indians are redskins no pun intended. "Grow up and get a life" at lease you have a team that represents you.
Enough of this PC garbage. Why didn't Costas and his ilk whine about this supposedly horrible slur twenty years ago? How about the NY Jets; "jet" means 'black.' The Steelers glorifies criminal activity and reminds their fans of the now defunct steel industry. How many in our nation have suffered from Pirates, Buccaneers, Hurricanes? American sports, thy name is trauma, insult thy lexicon.
Give us Terrific Teddy Bears, Funny Fluffies, and how my Irish ire is raised by racist Notre Dame's Fighting Irish; let us have Accommodating Little People...Errrr, never mind.
The masses are not offended by this, and take a look at a poll back in 2004 of ACTUAL Native Americans that shows 9/10 were not offended by the name.
If this was a true uprising of people across the board wanting it to be changed then it's understandable. However, it isn't.
People are way too sensitive about anything that might even come remotely close to offending them that they want other people's beliefs and opinions to be wiped out solely because of this. It isn't a big deal, stop complaining about things just for more political ground.
Dan Snyder owns the team and he has the right to keep the name as long as he wants. If the name offends you, then don't support the team. But the fact of the matter is the Redskins continue to be ranked among the world’s most valuable sports franchises on Forbes magazine’s annual list. Their games have been sold out for more than 40 years.
How did the Supreme Court Rule? The name is also patented. Just like someone should go away for life for murder but they get out in 5. You know the ruling, you can try but good luck. If I owned the franchise then chaning the name is not an option. All this for a team and area that is mostly african american. Stop wasting your time, there are other things that need to be done.
The Redskins actually play football...
The name is a tradition, and it is no one's intent to demean Indians. The name was simply chosen because it was catchy, and it was another name for Indian. If you are extremely offended by it, you could call them the Washington Indians. It's a tradition, and I think that it should definitely stay how it is.
P.S. GO PACK!!!
My headline says how I feel about racism. You make something Taboo, then you create a distinction, and that distinction is that race is important, and when race become more than just being ok with who your are, it creates racism. And I will not be part of this continuous.
Over 9/10 of Native American, don't care.
The Redskins, wear the team name loud and proud.
Where does the politically correct movement stop? Should there be movements for the Poles to unite against the past and future denigration of the Polish people by comedians? How about abolishing Sven and Ole jokes so Scandinavians are not offended? If the Redskins mascot is offensive to Native Americans, isn't the Minnesota Vikings mascot offensive to people of Nordic descent? Give me a break, enough is enough.
There is an absolutely good reason that the Redskins chose their name in the first place. It may be offensive but at the same time it is honoring the many Native American's that live in on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Washington. The name is history and I think it should stay the same.
I am a huge redskins fan and if the name is changed football will never be the same. The name only offends a very small group of people. Native Americans make up 0.7 percent of Americas population, and 90% of those people don't even mind the name. No one means it offensively anyways.
They shouldn't change the name. The name is a NFL name it has a legacy. I think it can be offensive, but know one talks about the name that way. When someone says Washington Redskins some people think of the memories the have watching the Redskins, there supper-bowls. Very few people would think of how they're offending Indians. - Asher
The Redskin name was not ever meant in any kind of bad way. The Native Americans should look at it as a compliment that the team is remembering them. People are just looking for things to protest. Get over it. It is not hurting anyone. The local Indian reservation named their team the Indians. Is it okay only if Indians use the words?
Some have stated that the "Redskins" is a rather offensive name to Native Americans. However, the problem here is that there has been no study indicating that it is offensive even to a significant minority of Native Americans. If it is, then they ought to change it. But changing it without an approvable cause would just cause confusion as well as forcing the local area to incur financial expenses.
It's a stoic, proud warrior being used simply as a mascot for a sports team. It's a rallying emblem used to garner support and team unity in an animated character. This "feigned" outrage is beginning to get tiresome. At the very least... Why does the GOVERNMENT need to get involved here. It's a matter for the NFL and the Washington ownership to deal with. There simply is not a local "groundswell" to get it changed. Move On.
The Redskins have been a football team for 80 years and all of a sudden their name has become a big deal. It's not. There are plenty of teams with names that could be seen as racist towards Native Americans, like The Blackhawks, Indians, and Braves. America is becoming too politically correct.
We Redskin fans have always known them as redskins, I am not changing ANYTHING. I LOVE my Redskins. REDSKINS. The redtails? Are you joking me? The Redskins is not controversial or should be debated. It is NOT offending and neither should it be it is representing bravery and courage and pride. Hail to the Redskins.
Smithsonian Institution senior linguist Ives Goddard spent seven months researching its history and concluded that "redskin" was first used by Native Americans in the 18th century to distinguish themselves from the white "other" encroaching on their lands and culture.
A poll of American Indians found that an overwhelming majority of them are not bothered by the name of the Washington Redskins.
Only 9 percent of those polled said the name of the NFL team is "offensive," while 90 percent said it's acceptable, according to the University of Pennsylvania's National Annenberg Election Survey, released Friday.
Annenberg polled 768 Indians in every state except Hawaii and Alaska from Oct. 7, 2003, to Sept. 20, 2004.
The purpose of having a team name or mascot is to define unity and exhibit power. A mascot or team name should show dominance and provide recognition to the city or establishment they are representing.
Anyone ever notice that mascots such as the Generals, Cavaliers, Spartans, and even the Patriots never have any issues? The one commonality between the mascots is that they are Caucasian. So it is OK to recognize a white mascot, but not a mascot of another akin color?
If the Redskins change their name then it should be required for all human mascots to change as well.
No one of another ethnicity ever asked “Why the New England Patriot, the SF 49er, or the Minnesota Viking white?” So we are basically stating mascots have to be of the white race. I think that is a little more offensive, racist, and discriminating towards the Redskins, Braves, Indians, ETC
The name "Redskins" has a history of being over 70 schools' name and mascot. It is a schools pride and joy. It is their battle cry. Let them have it. It's not racist if its been the Washington's football team's name for over 80 years. It's original history, the Indians vs. the cowboys (1800's) may have been a massacre, but it had nothing to do with football.
First the origin of redskin had nothing to do with scalping though it is unclear if it was later used when discussing scalps. Second the most widely accepted account of why the redskins were named the redskins was because their coach claimed Native American heritage and many players on the team were also Native american. (It was also after a season of losing a lot of money for the then Boston Braves.)
Why is it such an important thing to you people the way you are called? Come on, it's absurd the way You discuss race. I mean I'm from Mexico and I'm white, who cares? The word Redskin doesn't mean to offend any one. The economy of my country is doomed,yours in any way is much stronger. We as a country are very disappointed in a number of really important issues as I suppose you guys are. Entertainment such as Football in my view should be cherished as some kind of bond between human beings no matter the color of their skin as I witnessed 5 times in my visits to fedex field an DC. Please unite. Hail to the redskins and bless human kind.
They shouldn't change the name. The name is a NFL name, it has a legacy. I think it can be offensive, but know one talks about the name that way. When someone says Washington Redskins some people think of the memories the have watching the Redskins, there supper-bowls. Very few people would think of how they're offending Indians. - Asher
I have been a Redskins fan since I was born; I would be crushed if they changed the name. It's absurd this is an issue. It is a sports team name created a long time ago. Just because people are now offended doesn't mean a franchise should have to change its entire image. It will ruin all the history and iconic images of the past. It is like creating a new team. I will be so incredibly disappointed if the name and logos are changed :(
Hail to the Redskins!
Braves on the Warpath!
Fight for old D.C.!
Run or pass and score -- we want a lot more!
Beat 'em, Swamp 'em,
Touchdown! -- Let the points soar!
Fight on, fight on 'Til you have won
Sons of Wash-ing-ton. Rah!, Rah!, Rah!
Hail to the Redskins!
Braves on the Warpath!
Fight for old D.C.!
Sincerely, A Redskin
This is a power play by one of Obama's biggest supporters, Ray Halbritter a so called representative of the Oneida Indian Nation. Who is just race baiting like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. Halbritter went to Harvard with Obama. This group has deep pockets from NY Casino money. Oneida Nation Indians don't care for his way of doing things. He hardly represents them.
One should look to see if he finds some way to get concessions out of Snyder for something.
That being said: The name came from the original founding of the team in Boston in part because they shared the same stadium with the Boston Red Sox - Fenway Park. Originally they were called the Boston Braves, trying to emulate the spirit of the Boston Braves which named their team because their owner James Gaffney was a member of Tammany Hall which was named for Tamanend, a Native American leader of the Lenape Indians.
Indians were the symbol of the American Revolution in the 1700's. That is why the Indian theme was popular in Boston (Boston Tea Party) just like the Patriots.
Red Skins went with Red Sox.
In 1970, The Congress of American Indians with a Blackfoot as president, weighed in by helping design a new logo for the Redskins. So they weren't offended.
They saw that imitation was the sincerest form of flattery.
Halbritter is just drunk on power and is trying to make the best of it.
Redskins is just a nickname not a name calling. How does one become offended by the nickname? Some Indians do have a red tint to their skin. I am half Cherokee and my grand father who I love the most in this world was full Cherokee. I do not take any offense.
Once again an insanely small group of people with the help of bleeding heart liberals and the mass media have managed to make a story out of nothing. When they show the "demonstrations" outside of Fedex field here on the local news it's like 13 people holding signs. It's pathetic. At what point do we stop altering what the vast majority of our society deems as okay, in order to make 12 people feel better?
BTW if Native Americans have no problem with the team name (check the polls) then why do you? Fake outrage at its best...
I do not believe they should change their name because it has been their name for 80 years. If no one said any thing before then why are they arguing about it now. I think the only reason they are arguing about it now is so they can get attention.
Why should they change their name? Cause its offensive? There are plenty of things in this county that are offensive that no one gets mad over, so why should a team of fifty years of tradition change its name? Just get over yourself and let it be. Let the team have a vote or something cause you have no right to tell them who they are playing for.
I am Cherokee, and it is more offensive to look at a $20 dollar bill. Andrew Jackson created treaties that stole the Cherokee tribes' land and freedom. The Trail of Tears was an afterthought due to the Cherokee people dying of hunger and living in cramped disease-ridden stockades for two years before walking in the fall/winter to Oklahoma. By the way look up the meaning for the word Oklahoma. Leave the name alone, I am proud of the use of names like Redskins, Chiefs and Braves etc. It is meant to show a meaning of warriors that battle. Using the name Cavalry would be ten times more offensive; that is who shot the Native Americans when they could not walk or would disagree. Leave it alone.
Many different tribes take absolutely no offense to the name. It is not demeaning in any way and if anything, should actually be considered an honor that a professional team wants to name themselves after an ethnic group. Having the name actually draws positive attention to a group of fascinating individuals that otherwise many people would never hear about.
Again, it's the vocal minority trying to change the silent majority. I'm offended by the inability of our representatives to pass a real budget and keep our country afloat. I'm offended by people that CHOOSE to be offended because it meets their political agenda. I'm offended by people that tell me how to live my life. This is AMERICA. If the team was called Redskin Savages, that would be different. Move on to more important topics.
Not one Washington Redskin or Redskin fan has any intent whatsoever of being offensive. It is merely a name that some believe is actually in respect for their bravery and honor. I believe people will find any reason to get offended. However, for something to truly be considered racist, I believe there has to be a racist intent, which there certainly is not.
Ive been a redskins fan all my life. And just to see it change just because some people have a problem with it...Dont watch the games... Ignore it ...Dont ruin it for people who actually love this team. Either way these people can keep trying to fight for whatever there fighting for ..But redskins will stay as it is...HTTR
Nobody had a problem with their name until now, so they should keep it. I don't really see anything wrong with their name, since its not really insulting anybody. Its been here this long and nobody has complained about it until now. Why People are so easily offended these days......
Running around trying to make people respect you be telling them, like crybabies, to "stop calling me names" will not make anyone respect you. Besides, "Redskin", like "Black Hawk" "Chief", and "Brave", is a name of power and respect. I feel that is a great name and I do not look at Native Americans as weak for the existence of this name. It is a moniker of power and respect. It is a testament to the grit and determination of the Native People who fought so valiantly to preserve their lands and culture for their children but who eventually lost. It makes a great name for a sports team that hopes to excel. Native Americans who push this agenda look weak and immature to be up there complaining about this while unemployment, alcoholism, homelessness, and incarceration is well above the national average among Native Americans - especially where Native Americans are concentrated as in reservations. Perhaps those who spend money and time trying to get an NFL team to change their name would be better spent helping the homeless, alcoholics, felons, and unemployed among their people. I would gladly support that kind of change.
Unless a person or group is racist, the Redskins name would not bother them. The Redskins name is not meant to ridicule or disgrace the Indian heritage. The name actually celebrates the people. I loath the fact that a small minority of haters expect their demands to be met without taking a look at why their request is unfair to the majority who wants to keep the name. I stand behind the owner and would not put up with being bullied by people who refuse to look at things with an open mind.
The Redskins name should not be changed. The name is not an insult to Indians but actually a way of honoring their culture and bravery. The name also has a long history and has been in place for decades. It seems that the only people who want it changed are liberals. Actual Native Americans couldn't care less and many actually view the name positively. High schools on Indian reservations often take the name Indians and in the Navajo Nation, they actually are called the Redskins and use the same logo as the NFL Redskins! It is absurd that politically correct, speech code, do-gooder liberals should force the Redskins to change their name against their will, when they are the only ones who even care.
It is not just that it is tradition and that there is no racism but the symbol-name is used to instill pride and even complement the warrior status the name invokes. That is how I see it and many others too. When will this PC war on mascots and everything else end? I hate teams named after animals and even fake animals that don't exist. It is a war, like the war on drugs, that cannot be won. Go Redskins, and I am not a fan of theirs personally, but I like their name.
I don't see anything wrong with leaving the Washington Redskins name, as they have been around for 80 years. I and others do not see anything racist with the name Redskins. Obama needs to keep his nose out of it and worry about the budget and the government SHUTDOWN! The nation would not be in the mess they're in if Obama knew his job.
In no way shape or form was the naming of the Washington Redskins meant to be offensive. If the people wasting their time on this used that time to change something actual important like the waste of tax money imagine what a great place this redskin nation could be. Any word can be offensive if we deem it to be.
To have a team named for you is clearly a compliment. Would a football team name itself something they don't respect. ..NO! It is clear that team wants to be associated with positive talk and images and means no disrespect toward anyone. To even consider this as a insult to any group is inane. A few pot stirrers stirrers should not be given this kind of consideration.
The redskins have stayed the same throught there history as being a football team. Therwe is no apparent reason other than a silly argument over racial slurr and unneeded attentions and opposition. This team should have the right to determine wether they should change it or keep it the same, in any state of mind the people and the team should hold a debate based on eachothers thoughts not seperate feelings in people trying to start something.
To me, when I think of the name Redskins I think of a warrior, a fighter. This is a sport that we encourage the heart of a fighter. I have no negative or derogatory feeling towards any native American. It is a sport, for fun and entertainment. It is also a business. I feel like it is time to let things sort themselves out, find their own equilibrium. If enough people stop buying the businesses product then the business will have to either change or fail. No one needs to come along and force the situation. Toughen up America, for crying out loud!!!! There is no way to please all the people all the time.
Let the Native American's decide. I think people will find that the answer they get will be very similar to the one give on the Florida State Seminoles and there college mascot. In all honesty if this goes through I am going to start a petition to change the name of Cracker Barrel because I am offended by the white racial slur in its name.
In a defining moment of US history, George Washington and other founding fathers dressed up as native Americans and attacked an English ship carrying overtaxed tea in Boston harbour. These original Boston Braves did it to symbolically present themselves as more Native American than expatriot British. Later, first the founding fathers and later the team moved from Boston to the new town of Washington. While another name for this event is now used by a political party, so are most names for the US form of government.
If a name change is forced, it should stay in this tradition, for example "Washington's Brave Natives" with a logo that still reflect the dress up at that event.
If you talk to many redskin fans, most would not approve of the name change, and as far as I understand most means majority rule. You are supposed to do what keeps the MAJORITY happy not the small percent that disagree. The redskins have had this name for decades and one person complains and now they want to change everything. I say keep the majority happy.
Minnesota has a history of Scandinavian history and the Vikings historically were barbaric criminals from Scandinavia so it can be considered an offense to Minnesotans. The New Orleans Saints have a team name that might be derogatory to Catholics and could possibly be sack religious. Is anyone standing up against it? I say that Washington should change their name so long as every single team in every sport changes their name to.
I guess Kansas City will have to get a new name as well. While we are at it let's change the 49's, Raiders, Cowboys, Vikings, Patriots, Saints, and Texans to name a few. Let's move on to baseball another American tradition..... YANKEES, Indians, Pirates, Royals, Twins, Angels, Athletics, Rangers...... I am sure if you thought long and hard about it you could probably come up with something negative to relate to all of these. There are much bigger issues to deal with than a football team name.
People overlook the fact that Native Americans where here first. What is more American than a Native American? They were on this land first before Europeans came and slaughtered them for their land. Changing the teams name is not going to make up for killing them. I think they should keep their name and stay "true Americans".
There can always be a certain group of people to hang there hats on something g and have followers...But when the name "Redskins" is said in our day and age it stands for a Nfl franchise with a great history with no other meaning. Being "politically correct" to satisfy a group (small %) would serve nothing to the proud franchise and Nfl fans that support the name Redskins.
Even though in the dictionary redskin is defined as a term of slang; often disparaging and offensive. I don't think the Washington Redskins should change their name. Because apparently the word redskin was derived from the French and Indian War meaning honor, strength, and courage. So if it's causing a racial slur now the word has definitely changed meaning overtime just like other words.
Hail to the Redskins! There is nothing wrong with the name "Redskins". It is a simple description of a person's skin color hue. Asians are referred to yellow. Caucasians are referred to as white. African Americans are referred to as black. And Native Americans are referred to as red. Think about the song, Jesus loves the little children of the world, Red and yelloow, black, and white. They are precious in his sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world. I say there is absolutely no racism, or prejudice meant by the use of the name Redskins. Get over it, calm down and go smoke your peace pipe!
The name is just a name and means nothing derogatory. Everyone knows that the Redskins are a lousy, losing DC team. Is that what's really behind the change?
Change? Say I'd like to change the name of Oneida Silverware. The name is derogatory to the American native Americans (i.E. Redskins) who helped the entire country win independence from a fascist government in Europe.
There is no need to change the name for any reason. People are just saying stuff to get stirred up. It is a football team for sake. Then if the Washington Redskins name offends you, I will go around saying that the Dallas Cowboys are offending me. This is just flat out ridiculous.
The name doesn't need to change because it was meant to honor Indians, not be hateful towards them. If you think they are trying to be hateful or racist then try looking at it in a different way, even the coach of the Red Skins said it was meant to honor flu towards the Indians
Words are wind. Why argue about the word when the word itself does not even matter. It refers to Native Americans, yes. The name was also given as a gift, yes. Even if redskins had a negative association people would be proud of it today. Indians themselves enjoy the name. No one wants to change the name Vikings because they think Norse people would not have liked it.
Words are wind. The name of a sport team should not be this controversial. If this was a political organization, maybe the name should change out of sheer respect. However, history is a thing long gone. We look back on it today and laugh, smile, weep, and frown. But the the past is over. The negative use of redskins against Native Americans, if was existent, is not longer existent. It's identity now is with the NFL.
One of the great things about American today is the idea of Capitalism. Capitalism is an economic system in which trade, industry and the means of production are controlled by private owners with the goal of making profits in a market economy. One of the perks of Capitalism is the fact that whenever someone spends their own money to purchase an item, or in this case a franchise, they have the ability to name it whatever they would like to. This idea that people can name whatever it is that they own whatever they like brings around the feeling of belonging, that that object belongs to them, and the feeling having control over that object. So if Dan Snyder is going to spend his own money to purchase a sports franchise then he should be allowed to name it whatever he would like to name it.
Lets say Daniel Snyder change the name of the redskins. The 81 years of history will be destroyed and riots will prevail. People will still call them REDSKINS. Even if it was a offensive slur, it's meant to honor the native american. Most native american don't really care about the name Redskins. I personally feel like if Daniel Snyder change the name of the redskins, the organization and the NFL won't be the same anymore because there's history behind the name.
The name is not offensive. There has been articles showing that most current Native American tribes do not find it offensive. It has been the Redskins, and the logo has been like that for many years. Why decide to all of a sudden make a campaign to change the name? The Redskins name and organization uses the name Redskin as a symbol of respect to the Native Americans, as Native Americans were very strong fighters. Also another reason why the Native American on the logo has his head up with pride and not down, or being brutally murdered.
Come on people, get a life! It seems that people with nothing better to do, look for things they may call racist. Do you really think that the name given to the Washington football team was a deliberate act of racism? NO WAY! I guess the logo could be changed to a potato.....Ah, oh, wait, that would be judging a potato by it's skin. Let it go! Find a real problem that needs solving. I heard that our brother mammals of the sea are upset at Miami.
The Redskins were named after their then coach and so the name is an honor. A name change will result in a 15 million loss and about 90% of the Native Americans consider this name a pride and honor although many people believe the Redskins team name is offensive to Native Americans, the Redskins should not change their name because many Native Americans do not take offense, the name was originally intended to honor Native Americans, and a change of name will result in merchants losing money over brand name products.
Do not find the word Redskin offensive. It is part of our culture and who we are as a people. It is only offensive is the intent of the person using the word was meant to be offensive. Its like any other words, just all depends on the intent of the person using the word.
After 80+ years, I see no reason to change the name. The fact is that the Redskins are a privately owned. If you're offended, don't buy their stuff and don't watch their games. In today's overly PC culture, pretty much anybody can be offended by anything. Should we go tearing down iconic landmarks in DC b/c evangelical Christians are offended by some of the pagan statuary? Should we change our constitution b/c atheists are offended by the references to God? I'm offended that Abercrombie and Fitch do not produce larger size clothes. I'm offended that the fashion industry over photoshop pictures to such an extent that we have unrealistic expectations regarding the human form. What do I do?? I'm not going to demand that these businesses change their ways, I simply don't support them - I don't shop at Abercrombie and Fitch and I don't purchase fashion/gossip magazines. I think the DC council has bigger problems to solve than passing some useless resolution demanding the Redskins change their name; go solve real problems. I find the fact that Marion Barry has managed to remain in elected office in DC offensive, especially after years and years worth of less than ethical behavior, including illicit drug use, failure to pay taxes, and abuse of power. Redskin was a term originally developed by Native Americans in order to differentiate between themselves and Europeans - there was not negative connotation or association; it was simply a descriptor. Furthermore, it doesn't make any sense that a team would choose to name themselves after an offensive term. We're not the Washington N****** b/c there's nothing in that word worth emulating. It's associated with being stupid, ignorant, and less than human. In the name Redskin, however, the qualities of honor, pride, bravery, and a fierce warrior spirit are absolutely worth emulating. I have never, not once, heard Redskins used in any other context other than in reference to the Washington Redskins and it is always positive and reverent. My friends who are of Native American decent, some of whom have posted above, are honored that a team would choose to pay tribute to their culture and would be offended if name were changed.
Its been what 80 years of the Redskins being called the Redskins. As long as the the group of people that are suppose to be having offense to this haven't said or complained about it then it should be fine. Why are you who tries to be a voice of a society so worried about? Here my advice worry and fix things in your society before you begin to instigate on another.
Dan snyder will never change the name and then keep the name because the redskins are played in the history and win the super bowl champs. Redskins will beat the eagles this sunday at Nov.17, 2013. In last year the redskins win the record is 10-6 because we say HTTR!!
The team has been around for longer than some of us were alive, and many people grew up with the team name as the Washington Redskins. While some Native Americans may find this offensive, the vast majority does not. If this was such a huge deal to these people, don't you think they would be at leas petitioning at every game, or having marches for their rights?
The name "Redskin" was not always a derogatory term. When it was first coined it truly described the reddish tint of an Indian's Skin. The term was coined by Indians themselves in the mid 1700's! Only over time did the name become offensive, especially after Earl Emmons released a very offensive book about Indians. Teams used Indian style names to "Emphasize Americanness and patriotic character." (J. Gordon for the North Dakota Law Review) Additionally in 1933 the then Boston Braves wanted to have a similar name to the local baseball team, the Red Sox. This is why they were named the Redskins. (The reason about honoring the coach is a whole different story because he may not have been a true native american). As far as the content of the original fight song? After they were attributed to the name "redskin" they themed it on something that had to do with them, even if it was offensive. WHY NOW? The team got the name in 1933 and it was trademarked in the 1960's I believe. Why wasn't the first lawsuit brought until the 1990's? Additionally, 9/10 Native Americans do not take offense to the name.
A name is a name. Don't like the name? Don't be a fan or watch the games. I am a Native American Indian and that is WHY I am a Redskin fan. Oklahoma "Sooners" were people who broke the law. Offensive? I'm sick of people scouring around trying to find something to be butthurt about.
The Redskins name was in honor of their coach at that time, a Native American, he embraced the name. Native Americans designed the logo.
Native Americans were the players that helped create modern football. See Carlisle School and Pop Werner. They labeled themselves as redskins, to separate themselves from white skins, pale faces.
Without their contribution football may never have reached the popularity it now has.
If we wish to rewrite history then change the name, if we wish to honor Native Americans and their contribution to the game of football, keep the name, just know its roots.
There shouldn't even be a controversy. No, the name should not change. The idiots that even bring this nonsense up must have brains the size of ants nuts ! It's all meaningless garbage. Bunch of wimps. Worry about your health or mortality. By the way. I'm tall. I'm insulted. The New York Giants should change their name to the New York Ants. Wow what about the short people?
I am half Native American (Nez Perce). IMO, it represents an elite fierce/feared warrior. An elite group of athletes (1% of football athletes that can say they are NFL football players) keep it as pride and honor representing strength in numbers, fighting adversity, pride etc. I will continue to support it.
This is from the Oxford dictionary:
"Redskin is first recorded in the late 17th century and was applied to the Algonquian peoples generally, but specifically to the Delaware (who lived in what is now southern New York State and New York City, New Jersey, and eastern Pennsylvania). Redskin referred not to the natural skin color of the Delaware, but to their use of vermilion face paint and body paint."
The Oxford dictionary goes on and says, "through a process that in linguistics is called pejoration, by which a neutral term acquires an unfavorable connotation or denotation, redskin lost its neutral, accurate descriptive sense and became a term of disparagement."
I contend through pejoration that that name is no longer even associated with Native Americans and is now solely associated in a positive light with the Washington Redskins and is no longer a disparagement!
And it hasn't been used in a racist manner in well over 100 years. The name wasn't racist to begin with, may have been for a while, but no longer is.
I do not think the redskins should change their name because most don't believe it to be offensive anyway. Most find it to be just another team name or even a tradition that upholds the tradition of others such as native americans. The team has a rich history and nobody should be able to change it just because they think other people find it racist.
They should not change their name because they had it for 80 year but now they want to change it 80 years is long they should not change it and that's why i think they should change their name its been a long time for then to change their name i just do not think its right.
I have been watching football since i was a little girl with my grandfather and dad, my grandfather loved the redskins because of the fact he was a native american.. He rooted for them every weekend.. And if he was still alive he would be furious right now for the fact that the president in which he would of said hell no to in our white house anyways.. But just the simple fact to change the name and mascot after so many years is ridiculous.. Im part native american and for me this is an insult to all native Americans to take what little we have left of our country because truly before all of you took over america the native Americans were here first.. Give them something to cheer for for years and now a black man gets to take it away..Wow what has this world come too. A bunch of salvage pigs everywhere..
If Native Americans are not offended, nor the vast majority of Americans in general... Then why should we be even wasting our time on this topic? This is just another non-issue that ultra leftist groups are trying to make bigger than it is. The same groups that want to be involved in every "against the grain" debate are spearheading this "movement." I love how these idiots KNOW what's best for the general public. The individuals leading this charge should be put down humanely, our country would be the better for it!
The decision should be made solely by the Native American population. Not a bunch of predominantly white politicians telling us what is and what is not offensive. Its become another silly left vs. right debate that does nothing but spin our wheels in a puddle of mud. Based on studies, 90% of Native Americans found it unoffensive and many more see it as a tribute to their ancestors.
Maybe we should change West Viriginia's "Mountaineers" team name too, because it makes the entire state look like a bunch of savage hillbillies. How about The Fighting Irish? Yes, we Irish Americans are nothing more than a bunch of angry drunks ready to throw down with anyone that looks at us funny.
The presidential anthem also needs to be changed. Maybe the term Chief might offend someone, somewhere. And what about that horribly violent chopping motion the fans make? That could offend someone too. After all, there's nothing offensive whatsoever about the sport of football, or the way the players behave on and off the field.
There should be a poll of Native Americans to determine if they find the team name offensive. If they do, then change the name. If Native Americans do not find the name offensive, then no need to change it. I beleive many of the people demanding the name be changed are not Native Americans - but profess what is offensive, and what is not. I fully support the name change only if those of true "redskin" find the term offensive. I do not beelive the name was established with a willing intent to offend NAtive Americans. Since the team is based in/about the greater DC area, I would not be offended one bit of they called themselves the Stupid Old White Guys (SOWGS).
Base the decision to change the name purely on the opinion of Native Americans. If Native Americans find the term offensive, then change it. If they have no issues with it, then why should we. I wouldn't care if the team was called the Washington Fat Old White Guys (Fowgs).
Do not change the name because the Native Americans do not have a problem with the name! If there was a poll taken and 80% of Native Americans stated that is wasn't very racist then why are people making a big deal about it? There is no need to act dumb and show yourself defending someone that has no problem with the name!
I don't understand why it wasn't changed 20 years ago. The Redskins have played football for many many many decades and now it's considered offensive? It's RIDICULOUS for the team to have to change their name after all of this time. Why does everyone take everything so personally? I'm so tired of reading this bull.
Other sports teams have offensive names and no one even contemplated changing it did they. No they did not. Its the name of a team, ok people, a team. Even if they did change it can you imagine how many fans would continue with wearing the original logo on all of their merchandise, not to mention how many people would still (even with a technical name change) refer to them as "The Redskins".
Using the logic of those who have taken offense to the term "Redskins", a whole lot of other teams would have to change their names too (i.e. The Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees, so and and so forth). Hell, since there isn't much agreement among the Native community as to whether or not 'Indian' is a proper identifier, the Cleveland Indians would have to change their name too. I feel that this will be a constant battle: there will always be words that offend people. We cannot scrub society clean of language that MAY offend.
The Washington redskins should not have to change their football team name over something as stupid as this. I am not trying to be raisist or anything but the only ones who get offended by it are childish and stupid people. The only reason i say all of this stuff is becaus ei dont belive in being rasists for anyone and the Washington redskins are not doing that by any means
The name"redskins" is not a very racial name and i don't see why people are saying it is. They took a poll and over 80% of native Americans said that it was not very racial but it represented how they lived and it represents the native nation. That is my opinion on it.
I do not think the Redskins should change their name. I am Native American and do not find it racist at all. I am actually proud of it. In schools Native Americans are rarely talked about. Native Americans are rarely recognized. With the team being called Redskins and the mascot is a Native American they are trying to recognize us. No it is not racist and should not be changed.
I hate the Redskins. But not for their name...I hate 'em because they beat my Dolphins 27-17 in Super Bowl XVII. But if I was from DC I'd love 'em and be proud of their FIVE championships, cool helmet logo AND their name. The idea of representing the Native-American warrior culture with a cool name (much better than being called something lame like the Chickenhawks) like the Redskins is appealing to so many of their fans of all races it's kind of a scary name...They can scalp you while my Dolphins represent cute, chirpy mammals that will toss a beach ball to you. So stop whining all you victocrats with no skin (pun intended) in the game who are just jumping on the "it's not right/fair/nice" bandwagon. The Washington Politicians would be MUCH more offensive!
I live in the great state of New Mexico with a large Native American Population. Some of my closest friends are native Americans. Their favorite teams? The Denver broncos and the Washingtom Redskims. Liberal America. You're not heroes for standing up for people who don't really care to be stood up for.
Who does Bob Costas think he is? How long has been broadcasting NFL games? How many times has he announced a Washington Redskins game? Why is it an issue all of a sudden?
What is it to Obama & the US government? After all, our government forced the Redskins onto reservations & massacred how many of them?
KEEP THE NAME & screw the politics behind the name change!