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The Washington _________
Slate ^ | 08/08/2013 | David Plotz

Posted on 08/08/2013 8:55:24 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd

Why Slate will no longer refer to Washington’s NFL team as the Redskins.

This is the last Slate article that will refer to the Washington NFL team as the Redskins.

For decades, American Indian activists and others have been asking, urging, and haranguing the Washington Redskins to ditch their nickname, calling it a racist slur and an insult to Indians. They have collected historical and cultural examples of the use of redskin as a pejorative and twice sued to void the Redskins trademark, arguing that the name cannot be legally protected because it’s a slur. (A ruling on the second suit is expected soon; the first failed for technical reasons.) A group in the House of Representatives also recently introduced a bill to void the trademark. The team has been criticized from every different direction, by every kind of person. More than 20 years ago, Washington Post columnist Tony Kornheiser, no politically correct squish, urged the team to abandon the name. Today, the mayor of Washington, D.C.—the mayor!—goes out of his way to avoid saying the team’s name.

Why, then, has nothing changed? Because the choice of the team’s name belongs to one person, Washington owner Daniel Snyder. He has brushed off the controversy with arm waves at “tradition,” “competitiveness,” and “honor.” He recently told USA Today, “We’ll never change the name. It’s that simple. NEVER—you can use caps.”

(Excerpt) Read more at slate.com ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: davidplotz; districtofcolumbia; football; nfl; redskins; slate; washington
Here's a little article to add a laugh to your day.
1 posted on 08/08/2013 8:55:24 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd
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To: Responsibility2nd

Hey slate... you are a bunch of fags.

LLS


2 posted on 08/08/2013 8:55:56 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

In the South Park definition of fags.

LLS


3 posted on 08/08/2013 8:56:17 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

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4 posted on 08/08/2013 8:57:22 AM PDT by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

“Tony Kornheiser, no politically correct squish”

Yeah, on what planet?

For good measure: Redskins, Redskins, Redskins, Redskins, Redskins, Redskins, Redskins, Redskins, Redskins, Redskins, Redskins, Redskins, Redskins, Redskins, Redskins, Redskins, Redskins, Redskins, Redskins, Redskins, Redskins ....


5 posted on 08/08/2013 8:58:02 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Responsibility2nd

Then call them the red-neck shirts.


6 posted on 08/08/2013 8:58:35 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Responsibility2nd

Can anyone here actually say they they have read Slate. I can’t say that I have unless unwittingly.


7 posted on 08/08/2013 8:59:02 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Responsibility2nd
The snack formerly known as 'redskin peanuts' now referred to as 'Spanish peanuts'.......
8 posted on 08/08/2013 9:01:37 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: Responsibility2nd

What’s next, the Cleveland “Native Americans”?


9 posted on 08/08/2013 9:01:52 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Resolute Conservative

I used to write on one.............


10 posted on 08/08/2013 9:01:59 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: Responsibility2nd

We will no longer call Slate readable. (Like we ever did0


11 posted on 08/08/2013 9:02:45 AM PDT by Patrick1 (“Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Political Correctness will eventually fade and disappear. Let us pray that it does soon, and let us aid it in its demise.


12 posted on 08/08/2013 9:03:19 AM PDT by lurk
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To: Responsibility2nd

“And what should replace Redskins? A D.C. city councilmember cleverly proposed “Redtails,” the nickname of the Tuskegee Airmen. It nods at the city’s African-American heritage, and would allow Snyder to keep a feather in the logo.”

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If a team name like Redskin or Cherokee means derision, scorn and contempt for a group instead of highly valuing that group, then doesn’t that apply to a name like “Washington Redtails”?


13 posted on 08/08/2013 9:03:28 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Responsibility2nd

These morons can’t figure out that sports teams do not use racial slurs for their nicknames. The word “red” as a self-designation is ubiquitous in Native American parlance, even among leftist-oriented Native Americans. “God is Red,” for example, was a popular book among the Native American left.


14 posted on 08/08/2013 9:04:45 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: Responsibility2nd
Liberal heads will explode if they ever run across this from our Declaration of Independence:

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

15 posted on 08/08/2013 9:05:12 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Who cares?


16 posted on 08/08/2013 9:05:50 AM PDT by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
As a Cowboys fan, I despise the Redskins. But.... Chief Wahoo photo Wahoo_zps834a3e8b.jpg I love the Indians!!! Go Tribe!!!!!
17 posted on 08/08/2013 9:06:06 AM PDT by henkster (The 0bama regime isn't a train wreck, it's a B 17 raid on the rail yard.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
I am going to go against the grain here, but I think the Redskins name is kinda sill. I have always thought that a team's nickname should reflect the city or region they are located in. Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos etc.
I always thought the Washington Bullets reflected more accurately on the city than the Washington what ever they are now. Oh yeah Wizards. Wizards????? No, I would love to see the Redskins name changed to the Washington Grafters. Any other ideas.
18 posted on 08/08/2013 9:06:19 AM PDT by Tupelo (The Government lies, then the media lies to cover up the government lies.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

My alma mater - Jesuit-run Seattle University, which has turned hard-left since I was there - changed its nickname from “Chieftains” to “Red Hawks” a number of years ago. What is offensive about “Chieftains”? In fact, it is technically not even limited to Native American culture, although that of course was the intent when it was chosen. At least “Red Hawks” is a decent name with some local relevance, unlike the absurd “Stanford Cardinal.”


19 posted on 08/08/2013 9:08:47 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: Responsibility2nd; All
Seriously all. Ya gotta read that Slate article to believe it. It is FILLED with jaw-dropping crap:
Changing how you talk changes how you think. The adoption of the term “African-American”—replacing “Negro” and “colored”—in the aftermath of the civil rights movement brought a welcome symmetry with Italian-Americans and Irish-Americans, groups defined by geographic origin rather than by race or color. Replacing “same-sex marriage” with “marriage equality” helped make gay marriage a universal cause rather than a special pleading. If Slate can do a small part to change the way people talk about the team, that will be enough.
OK then. I'll support a name other than Redskins WHEN the NAACP and the Negro College Fund change THEIR names.
20 posted on 08/08/2013 9:09:09 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: Tupelo

How about Holder’s People?


21 posted on 08/08/2013 9:09:20 AM PDT by csmusaret (Will remove Obama-Biden bumperstickers for $10)
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To: Responsibility2nd
Well This names already taken......



Perhaps Slate would like to put up a few bucks as a prize for renaming the REDSKINS....for their specific "purposes"

the washington reds ...would work well ,,,if the team were comprised of POLITICAL OPERATIVES.

The WASHINGTON INDIGENOUS PEOPLES??
22 posted on 08/08/2013 9:10:14 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey (Chicago Murder Updates..http://homicides.redeyechicago.com/)
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To: Responsibility2nd

I personally avoid providing hits for lefty web-sites, but I’m glad folks post articles from _________ here on FR; of the many left-wing sites, __________ can generally be relied on to provide some real amusement.


23 posted on 08/08/2013 9:11:14 AM PDT by Stosh
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To: Responsibility2nd

I propose The Beltway Bandits.


24 posted on 08/08/2013 9:13:44 AM PDT by DownInFlames
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To: Responsibility2nd

For the thousandth time, people don’t name sports teams after Indians because they despise Indians. They name them after Indians because they ADMIRE Indians.

No other explanation is possible.


25 posted on 08/08/2013 9:14:52 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Red Badger

What area or region of Spain are they from ?


26 posted on 08/08/2013 9:16:03 AM PDT by Einherjar
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To: Responsibility2nd

How does Slate feel about printing a factual error every time they refer to the Washington Redskins incorrectly?


27 posted on 08/08/2013 9:17:07 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Army dad. And damned proud.)
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To: Stosh
I do hereby call for an all out Boycott of all things _________ theres only ONE WAY to do this.



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28 posted on 08/08/2013 9:17:59 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey (Chicago Murder Updates..http://homicides.redeyechicago.com/)
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To: Responsibility2nd

The Washington Aborigines.

That should do it.


29 posted on 08/08/2013 9:19:46 AM PDT by Chaguito
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To: Responsibility2nd

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!

THAT is too funny!


30 posted on 08/08/2013 9:20:16 AM PDT by rlmorel (Silence: The New Hate Speech)
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To: Responsibility2nd

They could call themselves the “Crackers.” That seems to be an acceptable ethnic epithet these days. It’s only offensive to 80 percent of the population.


31 posted on 08/08/2013 9:26:31 AM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: Resolute Conservative

“Can anyone here actually say they they have read Slate”?

Only when it’s the link on a Free Republic thread.


32 posted on 08/08/2013 9:30:48 AM PDT by rwa265
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To: Responsibility2nd

Since they’re based in DC, how about the Washington Power Whores?


33 posted on 08/08/2013 9:38:41 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (The average American voter is an idiot. Which is how the Dems want it.)
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To: Responsibility2nd
The Washington Betters...
34 posted on 08/08/2013 9:41:23 AM PDT by null and void ( Ignorance and arrogance are a deadly combination.)
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To: Responsibility2nd

How about The Washington Foreskins..........they have a lotta pricks in that town.


35 posted on 08/08/2013 9:45:21 AM PDT by Einherjar
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To: Responsibility2nd

Drop one letter, rearrange another, and we get Redinks.


36 posted on 08/08/2013 9:54:14 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Has anyone seen my tagline? It was here yesterday. I seem to have misplaced it.)
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To: IYAS9YAS

The Washington Bullies


37 posted on 08/08/2013 10:01:06 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: Responsibility2nd

I’m sure the Redskins management doesn’t give a hoot what Slate does.


38 posted on 08/08/2013 10:04:22 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: Responsibility2nd

Maybe I’m wrong on my sports history and I didn’t take time to check it out, but I think the Redskins originated in Boston and were named for the tea party Redskins. Similar situation with the basketball Bullets being from Baltimore and named for the armory. And while their name change to Wizards was in honor of Edgar Allen Poe, in my mind Wizards seems more related to the KKK than Poe.


39 posted on 08/08/2013 10:05:19 AM PDT by sockhead
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To: Responsibility2nd

I think the Oregon State BEAVERS should change THEIR name - totally offensive. (sarc)


40 posted on 08/08/2013 10:05:30 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: Responsibility2nd
asking, urging, and haranguing the Washington Redskins to ditch their nickname, calling it a racist slur and an insult to Indians

Its not a slur if you're proud to be a redskin.

41 posted on 08/08/2013 10:06:25 AM PDT by marron
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To: sockhead
You are mostly correct - from Wikipedia's Washington Redskins page:

"Initially, the new team took the same name as their landlords, the Boston Braves, one of the two local baseball teams at the time. The Braves played their first game on October 2, 1932, under the leadership of coach Lud Wray, against the Brooklyn Dodgers, to whom they lost 14–0.[10] The next week, the Braves recorded their first win, beating the New York Giants, 14–6.[11] Despite the presence of two rookies; halfback Cliff Battles and tackle Glen "Turk" Edwards — the new franchise's losses during the first season reached $46,000 and Bendix, O'Brien, and Doyle dropped out of the investment, leaving Marshall the sole owner of the Braves.[12][13] The team moved to Fenway Park[14] (home of the Boston Red Sox) the next year, and Marshall changed the name to the "Redskins" apparently in honor of then-coach Lone Star Dietz,[15] a Native American (he claimed to be part Sioux, but his actual ancestry has been challenged)."

The hidden gem here is that the name was changed to "Redskins" in honor of their then-coach, Lone Star Dietz, who claimed to be Native American.
42 posted on 08/08/2013 10:12:18 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: Responsibility2nd
I am terribly offended by this school's mascot and I demand it be replaced with something more appropriate.

There, fixed it.

43 posted on 08/08/2013 10:24:10 AM PDT by Benito Cereno
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To: Still Thinking

“What’s next, the Cleveland “Native Americans”?”

Nah, they were forced to go all PC a few years back and had to change the name to the Cleveland Drunken Indians


44 posted on 08/08/2013 10:29:11 AM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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To: Responsibility2nd

The Washington Redskins shall forever be named so, by me, in all of my 55 years of watching football games.

That predates “the pre-conception gleam in the eye of the daddy of the author of that story.


45 posted on 08/08/2013 10:54:12 AM PDT by Terry L Smith
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To: Responsibility2nd

Eff those so-called Indian activists. If they’d had a bigger defense budget, they’d still own this place!


46 posted on 08/08/2013 11:16:39 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

Thanks Responsibility2nd.
Why Slate will no longer refer to Washington’s NFL team as the Redskins.
Oh no, this is going to be a hell of a blow to the millions who rely on Slate for sports coverage.


47 posted on 08/08/2013 5:08:00 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: Responsibility2nd; SunkenCiv; sockhead; Red Badger

What an idjit the author of that article is. I heard once that back when the team was known as the Boston Redskins, the guy who named them was thinking more of Boston redskin beans than he was of Indians. But that led to so many bad jokes the team management decided they couldn’t put a bean on the helmets for their logo, so they went with an Indian head logo instead.


48 posted on 08/08/2013 7:49:25 PM PDT by Berosus (I wish I had as much faith in God as liberals have in government.)
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