How about the Florida State Seminoles who have been protested before despite the fact they have the full support of the Seminole tribe of Florida. why not make them change also?
Change the name.
Its so easy.
I agree. They have a very offensive name. Without delay they should call the team the Virginia-Maryland Redskins.
What I do believe is that tomahawk chop thing that the Atlanta Braves fans do is offensive! When you think about it, the tomahawk chop represents one of the more savage aspects of the Indians....scalping. And even more important, as a Braves rival.....Philadelphia Phillies fan, that chop thing is just soooo damn annoying. Lol.
That is precisely the problem.Quote: beachbumbabs
But it's not up to me what offends someone else, either.
You can't define an offense based on what one person feels: anybody could claim they are offensed by anyone.
In my school, I have been reported for calling a student "son of a banker". I laughed it out by saying, "So he admits it is an insult?" but they didn't bite it.
I think its more offensive to be called a Detroit Lion.
It's more offensive to be called the New YORK Giants or the New YORK Jets.
Both teams are in NEW JERSEY!!!!!!!!!
I don't know if the name redskin is offensive. I am not American Indian, so I can't make that call. It seems strange that no one complained for all so many years and now all of the sudden it is a problem.
There have been national protests for at least 25 years when Washington won its Super Bowl in 1988. The first trademark suit was filed in 1992 and resolved against the name in 1999, but reversed on appeal due to a legal technicality. This did not just come up last month.
I was about to quite Nareeds post and use that. But then again, being called anything "New Jersey" is an insult.
Not as bad as being named after a malarial swamp which has gotten even more unsalubrious over the last 200 years ;)
Edited: the owners might also consider moving the team to Cleveland. I hear the people there would love to have a football team.
I have never seen "Redskins" used derogatorily when referring to the Washington team. And I've never understood it to be a derogatory term, though I grew up in the Plains among many tribes, where there were other words that WERE considered offensive, and we supported the Minnesota Vikings, which is an ethnic reference as well, though apparently not one that's considered derogatory. But it's not up to me what offends someone else, either.
Vikings were what they called themselves I believe. American Indians did not call themselves redskins.
However, the problem may be simply the power of the image the word conjures. When I hear Vikings, I imagine a strong people with horned helmets and axes disembarking from dragon-ships in an attempt at conquering uncharted lands.
When I hear Redskins I think of guys with feathered headdress popping their cupped hands to their mouths as they dance around a campfire (yes, stereotypical thoughts but that is what I always saw on tv when a redskin was mentioned.)
Perhaps in keeping with the ethnicity of the team, they can change it to something with a stronger ethnic image.
How about calling themselves The Tomahawks?