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.
...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?
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.
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.)
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.
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."
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!
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.
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
"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."
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.
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.
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.