Skip to comments.The Washington _________ Why Slate will no longer refer to Washington’s NFL team as the Redskins.
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 its 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 teams name.
Why, then, has nothing changed? Because the choice of the teams 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, Well never change the name. Its that simple. NEVERyou 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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Imagine if Paul Brown’s name was Paul White? The Cleveland Whites? Pass the popcorn.
Who reads The Slate? Who cares what they think or want?
I recommend the Redskins change their name to Foreskins.
Who cares? Really?
At some point, protests will be lodged against the New England Patriots for their offensive name.
They were always here.
Risking the wrath of many here in Dallas, I might just have to become a Redskins fans.
The team chose the name “Redskins” because it’s wimpy?
I think Giants is an offensive term to shorter people. /sarc.
Well they already got rid of the "Bullets". And what about the "Nationals", doesn't that endorse Nationalism and Jingoism? Can't have that.
Some of my ancestors were redskins (Huron), and the Washington team name is OK by me!
I like to eat redskin peanuts. I guess I’m racist.
The 49ers were racist miners abusing celestials in Old California!
Change the name to the Washington Thin-Skinned Panty-Wastes.
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?
Liberalism is a mental disease.
Of at least subject their tax filings to extra scrutiny and audits.
As a Dallas resident, I may have to join you
That’s awesome! LOL!
They actually play in Maryland...so how about the Baltimore Baraqqis?
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.
Using the Rush Limbaugh environmentalist whacko method, the Miami Dolphins should beat them every time.
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?)
LOL, I’d love to see some team use the name “Mau Mau”.
The “New England Jingoists”?
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...
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. :^)
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)?
Painty-Waists you must mean.
Panty-wastes are a whole other ball game.
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.
Hail to the Redskins!
Braves on the Warpath!
Fight for old D.C.!
Changing the name would ruin the fight song. Screw slate and the rest of them.
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...
This attack is part of something very serious & very, very evil. Concern for American Indian Nations is no part of the motivation.
Exactly . . . Folks we have a winnah!
The Mpls Star Tribune did this 20 years ago.
The Washington Exploited Indigenes.
The Washington Inclusionary Minorities.
The Washington Cultural Diversities.
Go non-white epidermises of multi-ethnic heritage!!!!
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???
How much NFL coverage does Slate usually carry? I’m guessing this is like me announcing I will no longer eat liver.
How about the Miami Dolphins? Animal cruelty!
The Eagles, Falcons, Seahawks, Cardinals...bird abuse!
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...
Slate probably also wants the Washington team players to not tackle Black runningbacks as that would be racist no doubt.
I find “Plotz” offensive....
It’s almost comical.
When everyone’s the same, the libs want diversity.
When everyone’s different, they are offended.
“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.
OMG! Now what will we do if Slate will not use the term redskin. We are doomed I tell you! Doomed!
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