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How Chief Zee Could Change the History of Washington Football

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 20:  Quarterback Jason Campbell #17 of the Washington Redskins against the St. Louis Rams during their game on September 20, 2009 at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. The Redskins defeated the Rams by a score of 9-7.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Jarrett CarterAnalyst ISeptember 23, 2009

I don’t need to go into how ridiculously racist the caricature that is Chief Zee is. Especially to American minorities and people who are smarter than oxen, but I do respect him as a black man and as a sports fan.

That being said, here’s another shot at the idiot making all of us look bad, courtesy of the City Paper.

Perhaps stuffblackpeoplehate.com will present an amicus brief if the Supreme Court hears Harjo v. Pro Football Inc., the lawsuit that challenges the trademark protections enjoyed by Dan Snyder with his Redskins merch.

Or maybe the lead plaintiff in the case against Snyder, Suzan Harjo, should just rent Chief Zee for a day if her case comes up, and just have him walk around the Supreme Court entrance in costume. Even Antonin Scalia would have to admit “Redskins” is offensive after a glimpse at Zee’s gameday getup.

Wouldn’t it be something if the ignorant fan that has been the adopted mascot of the Washington football franchise were the primary reason the racist and degrading nickname was dropped?

Of course it’s highly unlikely, but even the socially conscious can dream, right?


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