'Redskins' name is stuck in a perceived past, so let's put it where it belongs

  • Article by: Carter Meland
  • Updated: November 5, 2013 - 7:40 PM

An honor? Only if Native people matched simple perceptions.

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owatonnabillNov. 5, 13 7:42 PM

Come off it already! A name is only what people make of it. How many football fans are peeved whenever USC rolls into town because that particular team is named after a male birth-control device brand? And d'ya know what a "Sooner" is? A landgrabber. Someone who homesteaded land before it was officially made available. Maybe there are some Oklahoma football fans who could make a case that a team being named after a bunch of thieves is degrading. And, of course, Vikings. Pillagers, rapists and robbers. How many people living in America today had ancestors who were pillaged, raped and robbed by the Vikings, and who thusly would have a case today against any team being named for a group who acted so badly against their families? This whole "Redskin" deal is a publicity stunt: ersatz angst designed to bring the angster public attention. And THAT is more demeaning to the Native American race than any name.

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Spiker1Nov. 5, 13 7:52 PM

What people forget about a little thing called the 1st Amendment.....that is considered speech....you are not protected from being offended...

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firefight41Nov. 5, 13 8:32 PM

Its a sports team. Nothing more.

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rampalincNov. 5, 13 8:33 PM

Spiker1, free speech applies to protecting your liberties against an oppressive govt. perhaps you should revisit your civics class. I don't know how anyone cannot comprehend how the term redskin applied to a Native American face logo as not being offensive. At the end, it's up to the owners and fans to decide whether they want to change the name.

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jonnoNov. 5, 13 8:42 PM

rampalinc......no, it's up to the owners.

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rshacklefordNov. 5, 13 8:48 PM

(Spiker1 wrote): "What people forget about a little thing called the 1st Amendment.....that is considered speech....you are not protected from being offended..." ---- Again, yes, you can say whatever you want. Go ahead. Try saying what Ted Nugent recently said about our president and see who shows up at your door within a few hours to discuss something with you. You can also find the guts to tell your boss exactly what you think of him but I wouldn't recommend it. And then there is that little concept called the "Court of Public Opinion" which I don't think you are aware of and will not like learning of.

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sek2undrstndNov. 5, 13 8:57 PM

What's the big deal? It's not like The University of Notre Dame chose to be called "The Drunk Irish" either. Heck, there are even quite a few Irish who find that name honorable.

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ishikawaNov. 5, 13 9:11 PM

It is protected under the 1st amendment: Congress shall make no law...abridging the freedom of speech..." To all you politically correct police cowd, it's far easier to tolerate people's freedom of expression even when its disagreeable than its is to have you censor someone's speech because you dont like it and want to edit it to your way of thinking. I'll make that determination on my own thank you very much, your nose is not needed in this affair.

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studioeggNov. 5, 13 9:32 PM

I have no problem with the "Redskin" moniker, as long as they change the logo to a a Peanut. The Washington Redskins, a peanut. Leave Native Americans out of it.

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elmore1Nov. 5, 13 9:53 PM

I really can't believe that this should be considered offensive to anyone. The ND Fighting Sioux, Chicago Blackhawks, Redskins are all very honorable depictions of indian history. Would you rather have Indians be forgotten?

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