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Redskins is a racial slur

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  • Center Left
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    The owner of the Washington Redskins (Daniel Snyder) is fiercely defending the team name suggesting it's a title of pride with no negative undertones or overtones. An Indian group who wants the name changed reported that they were disappointed with the league's refusal to consider forcing ownership to change the name. Below are two related articles. What's your opinion ? I think it's certainly offensive. They wouldn't call a team the black skins or brown skins.

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/redskins/2013/10/30/washington-mascot-...


    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/football-insider/wp/2013/10/29/snyder-reiterates-to-goodell-he-has-no-plans-to-change-redskins-name/


    Just looked it up on Merriam Webster dictionary site.
    Redskins - noun
    American Indian
    usually offensive
  • Democrat
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    I find the cartoonish logo of the Cleveland Indians much more offensive than a term that Chief sitting Bull once used to describe himself.
  • Center Left
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    Cleveland's football team's name is the Browns. Just sayin..
  • Democrat
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    They still do have a baseball team, the offensive slur is not limited to the NFL.
  • Democrat
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    Please don't get PETA offended.............all those animal names placed on sports teams. PETA will probably get very offensive and attack us with celery sticks.
  • Center Left
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    sbfriedman Wrote: Cleveland's football team's name is the Browns. Just sayin..
    And that's because the team was named after their coach: Paul Brown - below is copied from wikipedia/Cleveland Browns

    The Cleveland Browns were founded in 1945 by businessman Arthur B. “Mickey” McBride as a charter member of the All-America Football Conference (AAFC), which began play the following year. They were originally intended to be called the Panthers, but businessman General C. X. Zimmerman, who owned a Cleveland Panthers team which was a member of the first American Football League in 1926, asserted his rights to the name. They were instead named for their first head coach, Ohio coaching legend Paul Brown. The Cleveland Browns dominated the AAFC, compiling a 47-4-3 record in the league's four active seasons and winning its championship in each of them.[4] Following the 1949 season, the AAFC folded, and the Browns were one of three franchises which joined the National Football League (the others were the San Francisco 49ers and the original Baltimore Colts). The Browns won a championship in their inaugural NFL season, as well as in the 1954, 1955, and 1964 seasons. From 1965 to 1995, they made the playoffs 14 times, but to date, have never won another championship and have never appeared in a Super Bowl.


    johnnycee, I agree the Cleveland Indians charchter: Chief Wahoo is also offensive it's a cartoon portrayal of an Indian. I believe Indian team names such as the Braves, Chief's are perfectly fine.
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    Tony the Braves name may be OK (or maybe not), but many are offended, or at least say they are offended by the "Tomahawk Chop" and accompanying chant at the Atlanta Braves home games. And the Florida State Seminoles games.

    There are people who are truly offended, then there are those who look for reasons to be offended.
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    Tony the Braves name may be OK (or maybe not), but many are offended, or at least say they are offended by the "Tomahawk Chop" and accompanying chant at the Atlanta Braves home games. And the Florida State Seminoles games.

    There are people who are truly offended, then there are those who look for reasons to be offended.

    Amc you are so right about PETA. Remember when President Obama swatted a fly during a TV interview and some PETA people got upset that he killed a housefly. They sent a "humane" housefly trap to him so he could "catch and release" to the outdoors the next offending fly.

    Sorry about the double post.
  • Center Left
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    Jamesn,
    People who look for reasons to be offended ? Wow ! I would expect that reply from Alabama or Mississippi. But I shouldn't suggest all in a state are of the same mindset. I think it's just the newest chapter in a book that started with the white man moving into the east coast then quickly moving west until they took the whole country. The Indians got some acreage but that was less than 1% of what they had before we got here. The way we've stolen from the Indians, and killed so many of them is our worst offense. Slavery is our second worse offense. But that's just my opinion.
  • Democrat
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    First comes exploration, followed by conquest then comes colonization when that doesn't produce the desired results then comes extermination and subjection, all Nations that have expansion idea's do this ,The United States is and was not any different.
  • Other Party
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    How much of a financial investment do you have in the Redskins Football team?? Didn't think so, (So, shut your uninformed mouth up} now go off in the corner and cry(raciest} I won't lose a any sleep
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    Tony you mean you don't know people, or know OF people who look for reasons to be offended? I don't know what world you live in but in the REAL WORLD that I live in and travel in, and that includes most most states and many countries and those people are everywhere. Political correctness has run amok, completely out of control. I don't know how it is that you've missed it.

    I care not whether the Redskins change their name or not, I am not a fan of theirs. If it is determined to be offensive to significant numbers of native Americans then they should change it, and I think they will, the only question is how long, right now their owner is fighting the change. The Washington Bravehearts is rumored to be a possilility. Maybe they should consider the Washington Do-Nothings, or Washington A-Holes.

    I personally think that the name Washington is much more offensive to most Americans than than the name Redskins.

    I didn't know you had such prejudice against Alabama or Mississippi. Do you hate the entire South or just those two states? Having traveled quite a bit, I can assure you that there are racists and all kinds of undesirables in ALL states.

    johnny is exactly right, the United States has been guilty of very bad behavior in the past...just as most countries have been.
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    darrel Wrote: How much of a financial investment do you have in the Redskins Football team?? Didn't think so, (So, shut your uninformed mouth up} now go off in the corner and cry(raciest} I won't lose a any sleep
    Darrel,
    Spell check. It's free. Glad you're sleeping well.
  • Center Left
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    Redskin was never really historically used as a deragatory term and I still don't think it carries that connotation.

    As for the Indians mascot, it is indeed comical, but all caricatures are. Mascots are suppose to be bigger that life.

    Ultimately what is boils down to is that the Redskins is a privately owned business. They can name their team whatever they want. So, any attempt or petition to change that name would have to be sent to them. If you don't favor that businesses choices, then don't give them your business.
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    Zach you say..."They can name their team whatever they want."...

    Yes they can, but public pressure can cause them to decide to change the name, and I think that is what will do it.

    Protests on game days, ads in the papers, even President Obama said he would consider changing the name. Eventually it may be a smart business decision to change the name, but it will probably be public pressure that does it.

    The Redskins are one of the oldest, most successful, most valuable, most supported teams in the league. I think they will change, the only question is when.