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The Washington _________ Why Slate will no longer refer to Washington’s NFL team as the Redskins.
Slate ^ | 8/8/13 | By David Plotz

Posted on 08/09/2013 8:16:00 AM PDT by Clint N. Suhks

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.” Earlier this year, some Redskins flunky was assigned the job of locating high school teams around the country called Redskins, and found 70 of them, which proved very little except that the Redskins are capable of spreading a bad example to the young. (A Google search of “Redskins” “nickname” and “high school” turns up story after story of schools dropping the nickname.) And this May, the team pathetically trotted out a guy named Chief Dodson to explain that his people were “quite honored” ...

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The PC Police have arrived.
1 posted on 08/09/2013 8:16:00 AM PDT by Clint N. Suhks
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Imagine if Paul Brown’s name was Paul White? The Cleveland Whites? Pass the popcorn.


2 posted on 08/09/2013 8:17:49 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Who reads The Slate? Who cares what they think or want?


3 posted on 08/09/2013 8:18:27 AM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

I recommend the Redskins change their name to Foreskins.


4 posted on 08/09/2013 8:18:59 AM PDT by Pietro
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Who cares? Really?


5 posted on 08/09/2013 8:19:22 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Democrats: Robbing Peter to buy Paul's vote.)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

At some point, protests will be lodged against the New England Patriots for their offensive name.


6 posted on 08/09/2013 8:19:32 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (21st century. I'm not a fan.)
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To: Clint N. Suhks
I am very offended by their insensitive use of the sacred word "slate."
7 posted on 08/09/2013 8:19:39 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

They were always here.


8 posted on 08/09/2013 8:20:18 AM PDT by Yorlik803 ( Church/Caboose in 2016)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Risking the wrath of many here in Dallas, I might just have to become a Redskins fans.


9 posted on 08/09/2013 8:20:23 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Clint N. Suhks

The team chose the name “Redskins” because it’s wimpy?


10 posted on 08/09/2013 8:20:23 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: dfwgator

I think Giants is an offensive term to shorter people. /sarc.


11 posted on 08/09/2013 8:21:50 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: Clint N. Suhks
The PC Police have arrived.

Well they already got rid of the "Bullets". And what about the "Nationals", doesn't that endorse Nationalism and Jingoism? Can't have that.

12 posted on 08/09/2013 8:22:05 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Some of my ancestors were redskins (Huron), and the Washington team name is OK by me!


13 posted on 08/09/2013 8:23:48 AM PDT by sima_yi ( Reporting live from the far North)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

I like to eat redskin peanuts. I guess I’m racist.


14 posted on 08/09/2013 8:24:01 AM PDT by bushbuddy
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To: ConservativeStatement

The 49ers were racist miners abusing celestials in Old California!


15 posted on 08/09/2013 8:24:11 AM PDT by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever.)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Change the name to the Washington Thin-Skinned Panty-Wastes.


16 posted on 08/09/2013 8:24:17 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: Clint N. Suhks
So the Redskins are targeted because they have an offensive nickname but an ordinary, acceptable image of an American Indian on their logo.

The Cleveland Indians, meanwhile, have an inoffensive nickname but are targeted because they use a silly caricature of an American Indian for their logo.

Man, this is getting tiresome. Will the last whining Injun please turn out the lights when you leave the room?

17 posted on 08/09/2013 8:24:53 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Liberalism is a mental disease.


18 posted on 08/09/2013 8:25:02 AM PDT by mort56
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To: ClearCase_guy
At some point, protests will be lodged against the New England Patriots for their offensive name.

Of at least subject their tax filings to extra scrutiny and audits.

19 posted on 08/09/2013 8:25:14 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: dfwgator

As a Dallas resident, I may have to join you


20 posted on 08/09/2013 8:25:19 AM PDT by And2TheRepublic (People like freedom of speech, but only when it's sweet to their ears.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

That’s awesome! LOL!


21 posted on 08/09/2013 8:25:28 AM PDT by Clint N. Suhks
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To: VRWCmember

They actually play in Maryland...so how about the Baltimore Baraqqis?


22 posted on 08/09/2013 8:25:34 AM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

But no issues with the Vikings or Celtics.

Change all names to European warrior clans and then they can complain about the lack of inclusion.


23 posted on 08/09/2013 8:26:17 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: atc23
The 49ers were racist miners abusing celestials in Old California!

Using the Rush Limbaugh environmentalist whacko method, the Miami Dolphins should beat them every time.

24 posted on 08/09/2013 8:26:29 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Clint N. Suhks
Glad to see the crack-pots at Slate, shoot themselves in the foot. Their decision to make their material less communicative, by refusing to use the words that actually describe their subject, will not hurt those whom the seek to disparage.

But then, doesn't this sort of thing nicely demonstrate my point that egalitarian collectivists (communist & socialist advocacy groups) are primarily compulsion, not reason, driven? (See Compassion Or Compulsion?)

William Flax

25 posted on 08/09/2013 8:26:32 AM PDT by Ohioan
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To: SampleMan

LOL, I’d love to see some team use the name “Mau Mau”.


26 posted on 08/09/2013 8:27:07 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: ClearCase_guy

The “New England Jingoists”?


27 posted on 08/09/2013 8:27:09 AM PDT by Clint N. Suhks
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To: Pietro

I recommend the Redskins change their name to Foreskins...

...someone said they should be renamed the ‘Red Inks’...I’m all for that...

...in other developments, I see the word ‘popcorn’ and ‘foreskin’ being used in the same thread ...remember ‘Ball Four’, when Joe Pepitone put a piece of popcorn under his foreskin, and went to the team doctor claiming a new ‘sexual’ disease...

...Bouton might have been a loony liberal, but he was a funny writer...


28 posted on 08/09/2013 8:28:17 AM PDT by IrishBrigade
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To: atc23
Do you remember Wilt Chamberlain's ABA team?


29 posted on 08/09/2013 8:28:41 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: Pietro
I recommend the Redskins change their name to Foreskins.

When I first moved to Raleigh it was a big Redskin town. That was my nickname for them as they weren't one of my favorites.

As for the name, having a team named for something is a honor. Something the team admires for bravery, strength, etc.

Any teams wanting to be known as the Vinnies, my blessing. :^)

30 posted on 08/09/2013 8:28:42 AM PDT by Vinnie
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To: Clint N. Suhks

I have a lot of trouble keeping up with the PC rules.

For example, why is it that “people of color” is politically correct but “colored people” is not (unless you are the NAACP in which case it is still ok)?


31 posted on 08/09/2013 8:28:51 AM PDT by Bubba_Leroy (The Obamanation Continues)
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To: ConservativeStatement

32 posted on 08/09/2013 8:29:37 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: VRWCmember

Painty-Waists you must mean.

Panty-wastes are a whole other ball game.

lol


33 posted on 08/09/2013 8:30:22 AM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Today it’s team names. Tomorrow it’ll be something else. The people who do this complaining really hate everything about Western Civilization, and are trying to destroy it, one little thing at a time.


34 posted on 08/09/2013 8:30:25 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Liberalism is contrary to human nature. Promoting liberalism comes from a strong hatred of self.)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Hail to the Redskins!
Hail Victory!
Braves on the Warpath!
Fight for old D.C.!

Changing the name would ruin the fight song. Screw slate and the rest of them.


35 posted on 08/09/2013 8:30:27 AM PDT by vc79 (LIBs)
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To: Alberta's Child

Will the last whining Injun please turn out the lights when you leave the room?

...I’m not sure, but I think Russell Means has assumed room temperature...


36 posted on 08/09/2013 8:33:56 AM PDT by IrishBrigade
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To: ClearCase_guy
You are probably right. The crack-pot hate mongers & bullies at the Southern Poverty Law Center, regularly track patriot groups, for inclusion in their lists of "hate" organizations.

See How To Recognize The Bigot In The Argument.

This attack is part of something very serious & very, very evil. Concern for American Indian Nations is no part of the motivation.

William Flax

37 posted on 08/09/2013 8:34:04 AM PDT by Ohioan
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To: SkyDancer

Exactly . . . Folks we have a winnah!


38 posted on 08/09/2013 8:34:30 AM PDT by rhubarbk (It's official, I'm suffering from Obama fatigue!)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

The Mpls Star Tribune did this 20 years ago.


39 posted on 08/09/2013 8:35:41 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: Clint N. Suhks

The Washington Exploited Indigenes.

The Washington Inclusionary Minorities.

The Washington Cultural Diversities.

Go non-white epidermises of multi-ethnic heritage!!!!

Freegards


40 posted on 08/09/2013 8:35:57 AM PDT by Ransomed
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To: Vinnie

Based on these complaints, there are many team names which are offensive:

Boston Celtics is insulting to the real Celtic people.
Minnesota Vikings is offensive to real Vikings.

Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Pittsburgh Pirates are offensive to the criminal element.

San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Angels, New Orleans Saints, are all offensive to religion.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish is offensive to the Irish.

Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, Seattle Mariners, all offensive to people who do those jobs for a living.

What about all of the animal nicknames? Where is the PETA crowd on this issue? Isn’t it offensive to Dolphins, Panthers, Jaguars, Ravens, Falcons, etc. to have so many teams with animal nicknames?

Chicago White Sox must be racist.

Phoenix Suns? In an era of concern about global warming, how can we name a team after the sun???


41 posted on 08/09/2013 8:36:34 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Clint N. Suhks

How much NFL coverage does Slate usually carry? I’m guessing this is like me announcing I will no longer eat liver.


42 posted on 08/09/2013 8:36:35 AM PDT by perez24 (Dirty deeds, done dirt cheap.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

How about the Miami Dolphins? Animal cruelty!
The Eagles, Falcons, Seahawks, Cardinals...bird abuse!


43 posted on 08/09/2013 8:40:00 AM PDT by Rennes Templar (Mr. President, can you hear a special prosecutor now?)
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To: Clint N. Suhks
RT: “In a land of freedom we are held hostage by the tyranny of political correctness” ... RGIII
44 posted on 08/09/2013 8:40:00 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Based on these complaints, there are many team names which are offensive:

...I’ve heard it said that team names will not be deemed acceptable, in some circles, until all trace of ‘life’, or ‘vitality’ is removed...I put forth the ‘Indianapolis Inorganics...


45 posted on 08/09/2013 8:42:19 AM PDT by IrishBrigade
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To: Clint N. Suhks

Slate probably also wants the Washington team players to not tackle Black runningbacks as that would be racist no doubt.


46 posted on 08/09/2013 8:43:03 AM PDT by From The Deer Stand
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To: Clint N. Suhks

I find “Plotz” offensive....


47 posted on 08/09/2013 8:43:13 AM PDT by clintonh8r (white Caucasian)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

It’s almost comical.

When everyone’s the same, the libs want diversity.

When everyone’s different, they are offended.


48 posted on 08/09/2013 8:44:47 AM PDT by chrisser (Senseless legislation does nothing to solve senseless violence.)
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To: dfwgator

“Well they already got rid of the “Bullets”.”

Since that was “offensive” they changed the team name to the “wizards” - the name of high ranking members of the KKK.

Doh!


49 posted on 08/09/2013 8:47:19 AM PDT by Wordkraft (Remember who the Collaborators are.)
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To: Clint N. Suhks

OMG! Now what will we do if Slate will not use the term redskin. We are doomed I tell you! Doomed!


50 posted on 08/09/2013 8:49:44 AM PDT by dirtymac (Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.)
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