Recently, there has been a strong push to get the Washington Redskins American football team to change their name because it is offensive to Native Americans. A Native American anti-defamation league filed some grievance, and the Democrats in congress picked up on it and asked a judge in Washington, DC, to drop the Redskins’ trademark license so they can no longer use the name. Of course, that idiot Barack Obama was also behind the petition. This has happened previously to the Redskins and, thankfully, they have not fallen to the naysayers and they have kept the name they have had since 1967. They didn’t jump at the first complaint like St. Johns University, who changed their team from the Redmen to the Red Storm when people started to complain that it was offensive.
Why are they picking on the Redskins? There are plenty of other offensive team names in sports, but you never hear them picking on them. I’m offended by the Jersey Hitmen hockey team and the Brooklyn Italians soccer team, but I’m not going to get a petition together and force them to change their names. These teams (especially the Italians) have had their names for years, and they should not have to change them!
The Redskins have always been the Redskins. They have represented Washington, DC through season after season of American football. They brought them to the Superbowl, for goodness sake! They deserve to keep their name. I feel they are actually revering the Native Americans by using their image and a slang term for them to invoke the idea that they are powerful and they win. It’s an homage, really.
There are plenty of other professional sports teams that use Native Americans in their names and logos. Hell, the Atlanta Braves’ fans even do the Tomahawk Chop during games. The Kansas City Chiefs play in Arrowhead stadium….is the stadium offensive now? Perhaps we should change its name to honor whatever company paid the most for it….like so many other ridiculous stadium names lately (3Com Park, Citifield and Staples Arena, anyone?). Below I have put some logos of Native American-related sports teams. Can you guess which is which?
I think all these logos are equally offensive, yet the only team that has caved to pressure from so-called activist groups is the Braves….they now use only a tomahawk in their logo and have stopped using the screaming brave. Also, why is it just the Native Americans that are getting upset. There are lots of other teams, like the Italian stereotypes above, that purport negative or offensive stereotypes of their namesakes. The Boston Celtics, Vancouver Canucks and Minnesota Vikings are a few, but there are countless more. Have you heard of the Coachella Valley High School Arabs? Their mascot was very offensive, but only recently has anything been mentioned…after almost 50 years with the same mascot. People are just too quick to get offended these days and to work so that nobody gets offended anymore. SOMEONE WILL ALWAYS BE OFFENDED!! Right now there’s a person who is the relative of a Civil War veteran who is offended by the New York Yankees, or a paleontologist who thinks the Toronto Raptors are offensive. It will never stop!
I’m happy that the courts overruled the request for the Redskins to change their name in 1999, and I’m confident they will do so again. It’s a historical name for one of the original NFL teams. It needs to stay. People need to allow these things to occur, and not take offense at every tiny, little mention of something derogatory or negative. Give it a rest!!