Here are some names of current NFL teams:
Kansas City Chiefs
San Diego Chargers
New York Giants
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Saint Louis Rams
Nowhere do we find teams named, the Losers, the Wimps, the Couch Potatoes, the Obese, the Inferior. There are a bunch of inferior and politically incorrect names that no Liberal needs to worry about someone naming a team. No one would call a team the Dwarfs, or the Midgets, or the Epileptics. I suppose one could claim that it is some kind of discriminatory crime that such people are not even considered as the name of a professional football team. And it is discrimination. Sports teams want names that can be associated with winning over other athletes. They want to be associated with conquest or aggression.
And despite their eventual conquest and consignment to reservations, people still remember the time when the American Indians were a real threat to US citizens and to the plan of the government to extend power throughout the country to the West Coast. We may have out-gunned them and out-numbered them but it took real effort to deal with them. Whatever the rights and wrongs of that situation, whatever the distortions or exaggerations that may have sprung up from the myth of the American West, there was a time when people who spoke of “Redskins” did so with real fear for life and limb.
Redskins were dangerous. They could kill you. Ask General Custer.
I am sure that past generations of Americans may have been racist. But no American would intentionally name a football team after inferior people with inferior qualities. They chose names they could be proud of.
The reason why the Washington NFL team is called the Redskins is because that was a name associated with conquest and winning. It was based on honor and respect. Only a racist would want to remove that from American memory and leave no impression of the American Indian other than the present prisoners of the unholy reservation system.
I’m looking at you, Bob Costas, you silly climber.
How is “redskin” any more a slur than speaking of “whites”? By what arbitrary rule is it OK to identify people by the color of their skin only as long as the word “skin” is not mentioned?
And if you are going to think of ways that Washington DC hurts American Indians and all you can come up with is the name of the city’s NFL team, then you are morally and/or historically blind.