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Time for Washington to dump offensive Redskins nickname
CBS Sports ^ | February 13, 2013 | Mike Freeman

Posted on 02/14/2013 6:46:07 AM PST by Zakeet

It's a new day with Washington's professional football team. The franchise finally has a quarterback, management that knows what it's doing and an owner who stays the hell out of the way. Mostly.

The optimism around the team hasn't been this high since Joe Gibbs won his first Super Bowl.

Everything is moving forward. The flowers are blooming, the future is bright and the team still has a racist nickname. Oh, wait.

As the franchise clearly takes a turn for the better and is now run by grownups, rejoining the big boys of the NFL, now would be the perfect time for the Washington Redskins to dump the ugly, stereotypical nickname that embarrasses them, their city and their league.

Instead, the team is doubling down on the nickname, publishing several remarkably tone-deaf pieces of propaganda on its website.

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It doesn't seem to matter to Washington officials that the most recent poll increasingly shows mass hatred of the name by American Indians. Indian Country Today, the largest Native American magazine, found that 81 percent of respondents found such images disparaging to Native Americans and 75 percent said the imagery violated anti-discrimination laws.

But beyond the polls comes a simple point: What's the right thing to do?

We've become so complacent with this ugly, racial name that it has almost become comfortable, like old leather.

As someone who grew up as a Washington fan and is also part American Indian, I've found the nickname to always be a dumb and offensive one. More important, I've always been perplexed by why the team, especially recently, has stuck with the nickname.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia; US: Maryland; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: americanindians; mascot; nfl; politicallycorrect; racism; redskins; sports; washingtonredskins
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And while we're at it, we need to get rid of other racist minority nicknames like the Chiefs, Indians, Braves, Browns and Reds ... offensive endangered animal mascot names like Lions, Tigers, Panthers, Eagles and Wolves ... environmental unfriendly names like Steelers, Brewers, Packers, Pistons and Oilers ... names that extol violence like Pirates, Rangers, Vikings, Raiders, Warriors and Buccaneers ... names that promote religion like Saints, Angels and Padres ... names offensive to persons with disabilities like Giants and Athletics, ... names that denote superiority like Kings, Royals and Cavaliers ... and we should replace the sexist mascot name Cowboys with the gender neutral name of Cow-persons!

1 posted on 02/14/2013 6:46:20 AM PST by Zakeet
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To: Zakeet

Washington Scalpers?


2 posted on 02/14/2013 6:49:02 AM PST by Dedbone
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To: Zakeet

Washington Parasites?


3 posted on 02/14/2013 6:50:43 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: Zakeet

It’s only offensive to white liberals wanting to media attention


4 posted on 02/14/2013 6:50:57 AM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Dedbone

“Fightin’ Whitey’s”


5 posted on 02/14/2013 6:51:34 AM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (FR: Now, More Than Ever.)
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To: Zakeet

They could use names like, blods, crips, thuggies. Or irs, doe, batf&m.


6 posted on 02/14/2013 6:53:59 AM PST by knife6375 (US Navy Veteran)
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To: Dedbone

How about Washington Elite?

I never thought of this before, though I’m sure others have, but I have to think that if George Washington could communicate to us from beyond the grave, he would demand that his name be removed from the corrupt, over taxing, freedom hating capital of the country he helped found.


7 posted on 02/14/2013 6:54:12 AM PST by Above My Pay Grade
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To: Zakeet
There are two occasions when I'm a Washington Redskins fan:

1) They're playing the Dallas Cowboys.
2) This bullcrap comes up in leftist Big Media.


8 posted on 02/14/2013 6:54:15 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Zakeet; All

Do Indians want to reclaim the name Red Skins?


9 posted on 02/14/2013 6:55:15 AM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Zakeet

How about the “Washington ForeSkins”! LOL!


10 posted on 02/14/2013 6:56:02 AM PST by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: Zakeet

So, what, name the team after the denizens of D.C.’s hoods? I think Darkskins might be even less acceptable! < /sarc >


11 posted on 02/14/2013 6:56:34 AM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: Zakeet

“Washington Rednecks”

Then we can fix most of the merchandise with a supplementary sticker


12 posted on 02/14/2013 6:56:51 AM PST by RFEngineer
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To: Dedbone

With RG-III at the helm, maybe they can make a few liberal heads explode by renaming them “The Constitutionalists”.


13 posted on 02/14/2013 6:58:41 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (*Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alteration: The acronym explains the science.)
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To: txrefugee

The Washington Drones?

The Washington Forked Tongues?

The Washington Taxes?

Quite frankly, though, as a person with high cheekbones, I find the racial reference offensive. /s


14 posted on 02/14/2013 6:59:07 AM PST by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: Zakeet

I agree 100%. The Washington Redskins names is horribly offensive to all freedom loving Americans. It stands for oppression, corruption and the theft of human and civil rights!

I demsnd that WASHINGTON immediately be removed from the team’s name!

Maryland Redskins is not only less offensive, but more geographically accurate.


15 posted on 02/14/2013 6:59:07 AM PST by Above My Pay Grade
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To: Dedbone
As someone who grew up as a Washington fan and is also part American Indian, I've found the nickname to always be a dumb and offensive one.

I've got to wonder if the moron who penned this screed is part American Indian in the same way that Elizabeth Warren is. I can bet that they've never spend any real time on the Rez or talked to actual American Indians as I have.

Unless it is some libtard getting government money as a professional whiner, I can tell you from experience that not only does no real American Indian object to these mascot names, they root for the teams. Washington is overwhelmingly the favorite NFL team. Many of those who make good and leave the Rez, especially for a job in the Federal government, is referred to both affectionately and disdainfully (depend on who you talk to) as a Washington Redskin.

The idea that all Indians think alike is as idiotic as your average Libtard. Those who subsist on mostly government handouts (the Sioux in the Dakotas, Chippewa in Minnesota) pretty much vote the libtard line. Those who are mostly self-sufficient or even prosperous (Osage in Oklahoma, Utes in Utah) vote as conservatively as their Baptist and Mormon neighbors, respectively.

16 posted on 02/14/2013 7:00:59 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Zakeet

And, Mr. Freeman is another doughy white boy opining about someone’s else being offended.

My bet is that Mike doesn’t have high cheekbones.


17 posted on 02/14/2013 7:01:17 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (*Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alteration: The acronym explains the science.)
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To: dagogo redux
I think the Republican Party should change their name to the "Washington Generals"


18 posted on 02/14/2013 7:01:40 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: Zakeet

Mike Freeman? This name, Freeman, must be changed. I’m offended...that’s all you need to know.

As for “Mike”...don’t get me started!


19 posted on 02/14/2013 7:02:23 AM PST by count-your-change (you don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough)
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To: Zakeet

How about instead the despicable lying leftist scumbags at CBS be trashed and put out of business?


20 posted on 02/14/2013 7:02:51 AM PST by Andrei Bulba (No Obama, no way)
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To: Dedbone

If you want to drop something offensive drop the WASHINGTON part.


21 posted on 02/14/2013 7:02:51 AM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Above My Pay Grade

LOL! I know far more actual American Indians who would agree with your proposal than would disagree.


22 posted on 02/14/2013 7:04:37 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Dedbone

Washington Commies.


23 posted on 02/14/2013 7:04:56 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: US Navy Vet

Naw...that Name would be offensive to Jews...But I guess that is OK with the DC crowd.

Wait...it would also be offensive to muzzies! (They also practice circumcision!)

We absolutely CAN NOT have a name that is offensive to muzzies!

(I am part Indian and “Redskin” doesn’t offend me. After all, one names one’s team after something we ADMIRE, not something we despise. For example, you would never call your team the “Idiots” or the “Numbskulls”.)


24 posted on 02/14/2013 7:07:20 AM PST by left that other site (Worry is the darkroom that developes negatives.)
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To: US Navy Vet

Funny you should say that because that is exactly what my son-in-law calls them! Being an Eagles fan he can’t stand that my favorite team is the Skins since I spent more time stationed in DC and Norfolk than Philadelphia. Well, we’ll see what the Division champs will do next year with a hopefully healthy QB that will show just a “bit” more maturity by staying in the pocket.

I hate a$$holes that object to my teams name. Why don’t they condemn the moral bankrupsy of abortionists instead...or the Cleveland Browns. Jesse and Al should object to that one except not too many whites are on that team!


25 posted on 02/14/2013 7:09:35 AM PST by New Jersey Realist (America: home of the free because of the brave)
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To: Zakeet

The Washington Corruptors!


26 posted on 02/14/2013 7:10:15 AM PST by US_MilitaryRules (Unnngh! To many PDS people!)
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To: left that other site

They’re not really offended, it’s just one more way to crack the whip on whites. In the world of race-hustling and minority victim culture, whites exist only to foot the bill and take the blame for the failures of others.


27 posted on 02/14/2013 7:10:36 AM PST by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: New Jersey Realist

It would be like the Homosexuals objecting to My Teams’ Name (Green Bay PACKERS)!


28 posted on 02/14/2013 7:12:08 AM PST by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: left that other site

How about we get rid of ALL Indian names ?


29 posted on 02/14/2013 7:12:31 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: Zakeet

Washington Spenders
Washington Tax
Washington Clubbers
Washington Rulers
Washington Kings
Washington Imperials
Washington Busters


30 posted on 02/14/2013 7:12:50 AM PST by frithguild (You can call me Snippy the Anti-Freeper)
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To: Zakeet

How about the Washington Burgundy Epidermises.


31 posted on 02/14/2013 7:13:37 AM PST by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: Zakeet; All
This foolish business about alleged racial or ethnic insensitivity in sports teams' nicknames was a big controversy on politically correct college campuses about twenty years ago. As a result, Stanford knuckled under and changed its teams from "Indians" to "Cardinal," Eastern Michigan went from "Hurons" to "Eagles," Marquette changed from "Warriors" to "Eagles," St. John's from "Redmen" to "Red Storm," etc., etc. Illinois remained a holdout, maintaining the "Fighting Illini" nickname, and, IIRC, still maintains controversial mascot Chief Illinowek.

As for the professional team names, if "Redskins" is offensive to American Indians, did anyone in the MSM ever think that "Vikings" could be offensive to people of Scandinavian ancestry and "Celtics" to Irish-Americans?

32 posted on 02/14/2013 7:17:37 AM PST by justiceseeker93
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To: Zakeet

“Washington Human Football Units”


33 posted on 02/14/2013 7:18:43 AM PST by moovova
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To: Zakeet

Redskins responded to this article written bt Mike Freeman:

“Mike who?”


34 posted on 02/14/2013 7:22:19 AM PST by envisio (Its on like Donkey Kong!!)
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To: Zakeet

Washington Crackers?


35 posted on 02/14/2013 7:23:06 AM PST by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: Above My Pay Grade
I demsnd that WASHINGTON immediately be removed from the team’s name! Maryland Redskins is not only less offensive, but more geographically accurate.

Since their fan base extends into Northern Virginia as well, how about The Beltway Bandits. Or maybe the Beltway Bastards is even more descriptive of the main industry there.

36 posted on 02/14/2013 7:23:06 AM PST by Ditto
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To: justiceseeker93

The NCAA wanted to ban FSU’s mascot, but the leaders of the Seminole Tribe told them that they wanted FSU to keep it. So, albeit grudgingly, I have to give that school to the North, some credit.


37 posted on 02/14/2013 7:24:52 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: headstamp 2

haha, Washington Whiskey Drinkers?


38 posted on 02/14/2013 7:25:13 AM PST by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: SgtHooper

Or in honor of Mayor Marion Berry, the Washington Crackheads.


39 posted on 02/14/2013 7:26:41 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Already taken - Vikings.


40 posted on 02/14/2013 7:28:18 AM PST by DManA
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To: Zakeet

Time for CBS to start reporting the real news.


41 posted on 02/14/2013 7:30:32 AM PST by Pecos (If more sane people carried guns, fewer crazies would get off a second shot.)
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To: Zakeet

Funny that Muslims are silent when a boy named Barry Soetoro - who claims to be American-born, and claims to be a Christian, adopts the nickname of Barack Hussein Obama.

American blacks worship him, even though his mother was white, and his (supposed)father was Kenyan, with no legacy to the plight of former slaves.


42 posted on 02/14/2013 7:31:18 AM PST by FrankR (They will become our ultimate masters the day we surrender the 2nd Amendment.)
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To: dfwgator
The NCAA wanted to ban FSU’s mascot, but the leaders of the Seminole Tribe told them that they wanted FSU to keep it.

Why wouldn't the Seminole tribe not want FSU to keep the name and the mascot? It gives them free publicity. Not very many people today would have Seminoles on their minds or even know what Seminoles were if not for the FSU teams using it.

43 posted on 02/14/2013 7:38:45 AM PST by justiceseeker93
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To: Zakeet

And while we are at it, we need to rename CBS!

What could possibly be MORE offensive to “Native Americans”, “First Nations” or whatever the current popular euphemism is?

A company named after the one man who initiated ALL their problems!

Columbia Broadcasting System!

Columbia, from Columbus, i.e. Christopher Columbus. This man also had a given name meaning “Christ Bearer”. Horrors!

CBS, while you are at it, you really need to get rid of the middle word. “Broadcasting”? BROAD-casting?

Are you kidding? How have the feminist allowed you to get away with that for so long? Talk about insensitive!

And the fact that you changed the name from “Columbia Broadcasting System” to “CBS” in 1974 will NOT let you off the hook. After all, would you give the “Ku Klux Klan” a pass just because they now use “KKK”?

If you want to retain the acronym to save the trouble & expense of redoing all the signs & stationery, how about calling yourself the “Commie B*** S******s”?

However, to avoid offense and confusion with your original name, you must run a “crawl” or “ticker” at the bottom of all newscasts giving the full text of your new name, complete with the copyright and/or trademark symbols

Otherwise you could go with OSS, as in Obama’s Sycophant Society?


44 posted on 02/14/2013 7:39:23 AM PST by BwanaNdege ("To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize"- Voltaire)
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To: Zakeet

Washington Petticoats - rename the town Petticoat Junction. White House would be Shady Rest


45 posted on 02/14/2013 7:45:12 AM PST by snoopy 'n linus
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To: Zakeet

I’m a Redskins’ fan but the name has to go. I think Washington Warriors would be a good name. Having that said, it should be up to Daniel Synder to change the name, and I think he’ll do it eventually because the name will eventually hurt his profits.


46 posted on 02/14/2013 7:50:22 AM PST by MinorityRepublican
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo
“Fightin’ Whitey’s”

Clearly an individual of exceptional judgement and good taste.

47 posted on 02/14/2013 8:02:46 AM PST by Fightin Whitey
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To: dfwgator

“Washington Commies”

Could then be shortened to

Washington Reds


48 posted on 02/14/2013 8:22:33 AM PST by Scrambler Bob ( Concerning bo -- that refers to the president. If I capitalize it, I mean the dog.)
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To: US Navy Vet

That’s what I’ve been calling ‘em.


49 posted on 02/14/2013 8:24:48 AM PST by sauropod (I will not comply)
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To: MinorityRepublican

How about the Washington Braves? Same logo.


50 posted on 02/14/2013 8:33:33 AM PST by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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