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5/19/09 3:43:19PM
Below is an opinion piece by a Yahoosports writer regarding the Redskins team name.

Last Friday, in a judicial decision that hinged on a legal technicality, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., upheld the right of the local pro football team to keep its unconscionable nickname.

Gloated team attorney Bob Raskopf, “It’s a great day for the Redskins and their fans and their owner, Dan Snyder.”

Alas, it was another shameful day for America.

In clinging to the most racially offensive moniker held by a major U.S. professional sports team since the Emancipation Proclamation – yes, I know, since forever – the franchise continues to offend some Native Americans and assault the sensibilities of a citizenry that should be long past such insensitive and shallow depictions.

How can a large majority of us not be offended? Imagine trying to explain “Redskins” to a foreign visitor or a time-traveler from the future? Every time I say the word, I throw up in my mouth a little and wonder why there is no widespread outrage.

5/19/09 3:46:49PM
This is in the Padded Room but though it's a sports topic, let's not be insensitive.

Do you feel the Redskins should change their name, as the writer does ?
5/19/09 4:23:00PM
Meh, on the one hand I get tired of hearing people bitching about this social injustice or that social injustice. Then again, on the other hand, I'm an anglo-american, so what the hell do I know about social injustices?

5/19/09 6:23:18PM
I'm a white dude, so, like the post above me, I can't really know **** about social injustice, but I do have to say, why is it so harmful.

We have the Fighting Irish, which if that's not a politically incorrect ****** up steriotype mascot, I don't know what is.

But I don't consider the original mascot- a drunken alcaholic Irishman that barfights- what it was when it was started. The steriotype is almost dead and what is left is a symbol. No steriotype left.

When I think of a Redskin I don't think of an indian slur, I think of a harmless mascot.

But at the same time, if it vastly offends natives they should get what they want.

If it offends only a small population, screw em. They can vote on it.

We should have no say about it. The team should have little say on the subject short of raising a defense on the subject itself (not about changing tradition or something of that nature)

But this is not a perfect word and it's unlikely there will be a change.
5/19/09 6:37:46PM
This will sound extremely biased coming from one who lives and dies with the Burgundy and Gold, but...OH HELL NO. Silver clearly has his ego way too far up his glutes here. Probably these same few people who have a problem with the (Florida State) Seminoles, (Atlanta) Braves, (Cleveland) Indians, and the many college sports teams that have indian nicknames.
5/19/09 6:59:34PM
I can't even begin to fathom if the court had ruled they needed to change their name.

hundreds upon hundreds of millions would've had to have been spent on new marketing, merchandise, etc etc.

I also have no room to talk as I'm not a of a minority that finds a team name/mascot offensive but it just sounds like political correctness out of control, to me. Especially when there's only a small segment of Native Americans that find it offensive.
5/19/09 7:16:57PM
I think they should beable to keep the name.
5/19/09 10:26:36PM
As far as I'm concerned, its grandfathered in. Obviously no schools or pro-sports teams are being made that have names like that anymore.
5/19/09 11:07:51PM
America is WAAAAY too sensitive! someone is always crying about something. I am only speaking for myself, but is if there was a team called the L.A. crackers i would find it funny.

5/20/09 3:04:28AM
i'm native american (sioux) and i have no problem with teams keeping their nicknames.
5/20/09 12:41:08PM
Not sure what name would help keep it's authenticity.
5/20/09 4:22:13PM
Media is to blame. Media is just stirring the pot trying to dig up contraversey. Now we have to change the Yankee's name because thats the slurr used against me when I am abroad, Canucks cause we dont want to piss off any canadians. Nonsense.
5/20/09 5:27:22PM
Personally, I think the article is a bit over the top. More like a rant from a blog, rather than an article.

In this day and age, people really go out of there why to find something they find offensive. My question is after all these years--why now? It seems like it's just a very small pessimistic group leading the charge. I think being politically correct has just spun out of control.

The Redskins have invested a lot of money in their name--and to suddenly ask them to change it is a bit short-sighted, without understanding the immense task at hand. I'd like to see them offer a viable solution that would lessen the toll.
5/21/09 1:42:53AM
I would not know enough about what it must be like to come from a people who were driven from their land onto reservations and had their culture and way of life destroyed by technologically superior aliens to be able to predict how I would feel in the same situation.

I don't see why people are so hell-bent on keeping a name which obviously references the skin color of a historically seriously disadvantaged group of people if a sizable amount of that group find it offensive. Why is the name so important that it out-weighs the importance of being sensitive to a people who have lost so much in the making of this country?

The team will always be the team, no matter what they call themselves. I just do not see any value in the tradition of a name as questionable as that. It is one thing to call a team the name of a group of people like Indians, Braves, Irish, Seminoles, or Yankees. It is another to use a descriptive term which has been the basis for discrimination and bigotry in the past and into today. The San Francisco Slant-Eyes, The Denver Darkies, The Hartford Hook Noses, Washington Wetbacks, or the Detroit White-Devils would probably not be acceptable to people either, and for good reason. There are better things to call a team. I do not see the value in keeping it.
5/25/09 2:48:37AM
I dont think they should change the name but i always thought it was funny that people want them to. i mean what are they gonna chance the name to?? the Washington Casino owners???
5/25/09 2:58:31PM
Maybe we should throw the team in the back of a paddy wagon. Oops!

What is done, is done. Does anyone really use "redskin" in a demeaning manner anymore? "Hey you redskin!" The vast majority of people simply know it as a name for Native Americans.

I would think one would be honored to have the "image" used as the mascot of a pro team, at least now a days. Heck, I am a Dolphin fan, it's hard to get fired up as a dolphin.

If we want to go PC we better start considering other names as well, and not just the ones discriminated against, but also the ones doing it. How about the Sooners? Where did they get their land? 49ers were terrible to the enviroment. Patriots pushed Native Americans off their lands and have, gasp, GUNS! Tennesee Volunteers destroyed the Creeks, etc....

5/26/09 3:04:02AM
there are children being raped and killed in africa.

i think my time should be spent fixing the social injustices of a sports team name in washington D.C. that 1/100 native americas finds offensive.

give me millions of dollars for lawyers fees. we're gonna fix the world.
5/26/09 6:34:33PM
For those that want to see; he posted a lot of feedback email that he got in response to that story a few days ago.

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