Redskins should change their name

The movement is gaining traction, but should the Redskins change their name?

6/13/13 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

October 16, 2011; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder stands on the field prior to the Redskins game against the Philadelphia Eagles at FedEx Field. The Eagles won 20-13. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY SportsOwner Daniel Snyder has already stated that the Redskins will never change their name.

Roger Goodell has publicly defended the Redskins' name, saying that it is a tribute to Native Americans.

Still, there are many people clamoring for a change, saying that the Redskins' name is akin to calling a team the "Washington N-words."

An Idaho high school has dropped the Redskins name, but the NFL team will take an awful lot more convincing if any change is to be made.

Most people don't view the term 'Redskins' quite the same as the N word, but the real problem is that in too many of the discussions about whether or not it needs to be changed, there are only rich old white men at the table.

The people who are actually affected by this, and those whose opinion should be held in the highest regard are the Native Americans whom this name supposedly "honors," according to Goodell.

Dave Zirin wrote an excellent piece on this topic over at Grantland, where he quotes several Native American leaders as saying that they believe the Redskins' name should be changed, and that the term is as offensive as any word that anyone could ever use.

Suzan Shown Harjo is of Cheyenne and Muscogee descent, and is the president of the Morning Star Institute, a national indigenous-rights organization in D.C. She wasn't shy at all about her thoughts on the topic:

"For most Native Americans, there's no more offensive name in English. That non-Native folks think they get to measure or decide what offends us is adding insult to injury."

Lots of people will chime in on the topic, I'm sure, and a vast majority of these people will have skin as pale as mine. People like Roger Goodell and Dan Snyder, who have never experienced even the slightest hardship because of their heritage, will try to tell you (and everyone else) how you should feel about the Redskins' name.

In all reality, it doesn't matter what Goodell and Snyder think about it, or who they think should feel offended.

And it probably doesn't matter what you think, either. Unless, of course, you're a card-carrying member of a Native American tribe. If you're not... who are you to talk?
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6/16/13   |   gobluespartyon   |   1110 respect

This is PC Madness Redskin name isn't offensive word like the N word or any other racial slur these Native American groups that say it is offensive don't know what there talking about and there only 10 or 9%. 90%  of Native Americans support the name Redskin I will take there word over few that say it's offensive which it is not I heard that stat on PFT about month ago. Good for Dan Snyder & Rodger Goodell for saying they will not change the name they shouldn't since the name isn't offensive and there right I hope they don't cave into PC like these groups want to. Also where does it stop I feel they will go after Braves, Tribe, Blackhawks etc which aren't offensive either anyone that supports that Redskin is offensive supports PC Madness which is wrong.  

6/16/13   |   gobluespartyon   |   1110 respect

Trokspot wrote:
I'm with you for the most part, with one major exception/caveat.  You don't have to (or shouldn't have to) be a member of a Native American tribe to understand that it is an offensive name/slur.  You don't have to be black to understand that naming a team the "negroes" or the other n word is wrong.  You don't have to be hispanic to know that a name like "spics" would be offensive and wrong. (Insert any other racial slur/offensive name here.)

Snyder and Gooddell are both way off the mark on this one.  But I think you're right, it's gaining traction and popular opinion that they are in the wrong.

Name Redskin isn't offensive on PFT a month ago they said that 90% of Native Americans support the term Redskin and I will take PFT word for it. Than those that say Redskin is like N word which it not and they don't know what there talking about either since there claims are baseless without facts or proof on topic at hand just like the congress. Good for Dan Snyder who I'm not a fan of or the redskins for that matter other than RGIII & Rodger Goodell as well which there right on mark they shouldn't cave into PC madness which this is what it is PC madness which is wrong. 

6/13/13   |   Trokspot   |   65 respect

I'm with you for the most part, with one major exception/caveat.  You don't have to (or shouldn't have to) be a member of a Native American tribe to understand that it is an offensive name/slur.  You don't have to be black to understand that naming a team the "negroes" or the other n word is wrong.  You don't have to be hispanic to know that a name like "spics" would be offensive and wrong. (Insert any other racial slur/offensive name here.)

Snyder and Gooddell are both way off the mark on this one.  But I think you're right, it's gaining traction and popular opinion that they are in the wrong.