Washington Redskins: Would a Pro Football Team by Any Other Name Smell as Sweet?
The name of the NFL's franchise in Washington, DC has been under fire for some time. That's nothing new, but now the Redskins organization seems to be under unprecedented pressure to abandon its Native American-inspired mascot.
The logic is rather simple: "Redskin" has historically been a derogatory term used to describe Native Americans, a slur comparable to the N word. To maintain that name would be offensive to those peoples, the argument goes. And surely, many other colleges and high schools have abandoned their Native American-based monikers for mascots more benign.
Proponents of the team's name maintain that Redskins should hold firm because of (a) the 80-plus years of tradition behind the moniker, and (b) because hey you guys it's not really that racist. While I don't necessarily agree, the first thing that pops into my mind when I hear "the R word" is the football team, not the denigration of an entire race of people.
But that's me. What say you?
Join me as I pick a side in this political pigskin tug-of-war stemming from our nation's capital in our latest episode of "Let Me Get This Straight." Enjoy my not-so-politically-correct rants in the video above and leave your own thoughts on the matter in the comments below.
As always, thanks for watching.
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