I Want Washington Redskins Changed to Honor Italian Americans

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said that the NFL had to listen to concerns about the Washington Redskins team’s nickname even if only one person is offended. If that’s the standard, then there are a whole lot of things that offend me. Where does the one-person-offended line start?

I’m offended that the team isn’t named after an Italian. Why not the Washington Columbians, named after Christopher Columbus? Our nation’s capital is the District of Columbia — “Land of Columbus.” Not to name it after an Italian is an offense to all Italians.

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Amerigo Vespucci (1454-1512)

Some of the greatest explorers, artists, and inventors were Italian. Not to mention great Italian dishes. Where would America be without pizza, calzones, lasagna, pasta, spaghetti, pepperoni, gelato, and Italian pastries like cannoli and pizzele? Actually, where would America be without Amerigo Vespucci, another Italian? I’m offended.

For more than a decade, the politically correct crowd has denounced the name of the NFL team the Washington Red Skins. Washington D.C. Council member David Grosso introduced a non-binding resolution to change the Redskins name to the ‘Redtails.’

“Washington’s name has been dishonored by association with the word ‘Redskins,’” the resolution states. “Because it is well known in America and in nations afar that American Indians have experienced utmost suffering and disrespect over the years.”

Sure, the people who named the DC team wanted to dishonor Native Americans. Give me a break. Has anyone looked at the Indian logo and noticed how proud, dignified, and brave he looks? The Indian mascot was chosen because of the best characteristics of Native Americans

How about the Cleveland Indians and their mascot Chief Wahoo? Are we to assume that the choice of the Indians and an Indian mascot were meant to disrespect American Indians? Is the same true for the Atlanta Braves and its “tomahawk chop” and war chant?

The ‘Redtails’ would honor the Tuskegee Airmen in World War II, an all-black group of fliers. I don’t get it. Why is it OK to reference blacks but not American Indians? How is “red skin” a bad thing but black skin is not?

Will changing the name from Redskins to Redtails help either American Indians or American Blacks? No more than naming a street Martin Luther King Boulevard, Street, or Road helps Blacks. The only people who prosper are the sign companies.

If I were an American Indian, excuse me, a ‘Native American,’ I would be upset that a name change did not honor the proud heritage of the Native American peoples any longer.

If black is beautiful, why can’t red be regal?