Washington Coons… Washington Faggots… Washington Wetbacks… Washington Chinks… Washington Crackers… anyone offended yet? Wait maybe these aren’t slurs I mean technically a coon is short for raccoon which is an animal, faggots are a bundle of sticks or another term for cigarettes, crackers are something you eat, you see where I am going with this.
This is the hypocrisy that I see with the current Washington Redskins issue. Responses such as “that is what they have always been called”, “what else will they call them”, “the term redskins isn’t really that offensive” make me laugh. Just that first one, that’s how it has always been made me cringe. Women and minorities used to not have the right to vote among other things or even more recently the rights of our gay brothers and sisters as far as the same-sex marriage issue goes. I am sure that many people who were against these changes probably made the argument that “but that’s the way things have always been”. Same goes for other injustices against groups of people, to look at it differently is so narrow-minded and short-sighted. Then, of course, we have that argument “what else will we call them”… who cares, it is just football, make something up. The term isn’t that offensive… ok obviously it is or no one would be complaining about it, better yet call someone of Native American descent a redskin and see what happens. I know some of us have never even met any Native Americans but trust me, it is viewed negatively and could possibly get you fucked up.
The history of the word redskin varies, some articles say that it isn’t a slur. According to this article (http://www.cincinnati.com/story/opinion/readers/2014/08/20/redskins-name-is-not-a-racial-slur/14335579/) the name was chosen in 1932 by the team’s owner to honor William “Lone Star” Dietz, an American Indian. The “Redskins” name was not selected to insult or imply a racial slur. it offends a few people well that is too many people. Then there are articles that claim something different and imply that it is a racial slur and has a negative connotation (http://www.esquire.com/blogs/news/true-redskins-meaning)
“Spencer Phips, a British politician and then Lieutenant-Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Province, issued the call, ordering on behalf of British King George II for, “His Majesty’s subjects to Embrace all opportunities of pursuing, captivating, killing and Destroying all and every of the aforesaid Indians.” They paid well – 50 pounds for adult male scalps; 25 for adult female scalps; and 20 for scalps of boys and girls under age 12. These bloody scalps were known as “redskins.”Which one of these are correct? I don’t know but as I previously stated earlier if it offends just a few people then we have an issue. I will admit that society is too sensitive and I admit that we can be overly politically correct at times but it is necessary. Ironically I use the n-word but I would be offended if a team would use that as a mascot. Yes, this makes me a hypocrite but if I am offended I am offended. I use that analogy to argue against anyone who may say “well they use that name among themselves”.
It doesn’t matter. I will not even get into how arrogant and pompous that you have to be in order to attempt to dictate to someone what is or isn’t offensive to them. I feel that this issue stems from the history of the Native American people. Stolen land, murdered, forced to leave their land, disrespected in film, and tv and the only compensation given was a few reservations and a few other loopholes. It’s almost as if Native Americans do not exist or as if America attempts to hide them. Let me wrap this up because I can talk on that subject all night. Honestly I wish that no ethnic group, race or whatever would be used in the description of any sports teams. I am sure that some people will view this as a possible slippery slope because now everything that offended one person could be considered offensive. Could you imagine in a few years PETA complaining that every sports team with animals as mascots were offensive? I would hope that it would not be this extreme but we will cross that bridge when or if it gets there. Can’t worry about the future when this issue is right here in our face.
I have no idea if the name will ever be changed. Dan Snyder seems arrogant enough and has said himself that well you can read it “We’ll never change the name,” “It’s that simple. NEVER — you can use caps.” (http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/redskins/2013/05/09/washington-redskins-daniel-snyder/2148127/).
So there you have it smh. Am I offended? No but it is bigger than my opinion, and while this seems like it is minor it really isn’t. I feel as if we continue allowing people to be mistreated when will it stop? Just because it doesn’t directly apply to me it doesn’t mean that I should ignore it. That is what is wrong with so many of us today but let me get off of my high horse, Lord knows I am to flawed to judge or preach. Change the damn name dude, sheesh.