Why We Should No Longer Hail to the Redskins

Published: Oct 31, 2013 10:38am EDT
By shaunmerritt, Entertainment/Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Oct 31, 2013 @ 10:43am EDT

 

The Washington Redskins have become the topic of many conversations amongst fans lately and it’s for all the wrong reasons. The topic of late might be one the most controversial issues of our time, second only to the concussion problem. It is the use of the name “Redskin.” There are two sides to this issue of course, those who think there is nothing wrong with using it and those who think it is offensive. I tend to agree with the latter.

For the sake of argument, let’s change the word and see if justification for using the word still applies. What if a team was called the California Japs, the New York Kikes, the Texas Wet Backs or the Atlanta Porch Monkeys? Still think it would be okay? Saying something is not as offensive as something else doesn't change the fact that it is still offensive.

There are other teams that use Native American symbols and names as mascots, but there is a difference. The words; Indian, Chief, Blackhawk, Brave, Seminole, Warrior etc, are not slurs. The word “Redskin” is. Look up the definition of "Redskin" and you will find that every description will mention it being used as a derogatory statement about someone of Native American origin.

No one should accept the absurd justification that it is being used as a form of pride or endearment. Would you think it would be acceptable to walk up to a Native American and say, “Hey Redskin!” No, you wouldn't. There is no socially acceptable use of the word so why should it be acceptable for it to be used as a team name? I cannot fathom one reason why it should.

No matter how many polls they do or surveys they send out, the opinion of the offending party is irrelevant. If it’s offensive, it needs to change. Keeping the “Redskin” name is doing nothing more than further tarnish the league’s already damaged reputation. They obviously don’t care what happens on or off the field as long at the dollars keep piling in so why should we care? It's because this time, their ignorance is at the expense of an entire nationality of people...and that is unacceptable.


 

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