I believe I’m with the majority of Americans who has never seen the mascot or name of the Washington Redskins as a disparaging or racist moniker. This whole issue can easily be alluded to the same idea that some individuals may be offended by the term “The Fighting Irish” but most Irish descendants could care less…the majority of Americans could care less in fact and haven’t for 80 years. The same goes for the rest of the multitude of team names across the country that are associated with Native American culture or iconography. A few individuals may be outraged and offended, but the majority could care less. Then you have the non-natives in this country (aka: the whiny bleeding-heart liberals) who are offended on the Native Americans’ behalf. These are the rabble-rousing PC crowd that are ruining our society. Some of these offended white people are completely dishonest about their being offended in the first place.
The history of the name is interesting though. First off, the etymology of the term redskins was actually devised by the natives to distinguish themselves from the white settlers. The concept was as innocent as the term black and white is today to differentiate two skin colors.
Furthermore, the Washington Redskins used to be called the Boston Braves but was rumored to be changed as tribute to their first head coach William ‘Lone Star’ Dietz who claimed to be Native American (although that has highly been contested.) Either way, the story goes that the original owner, George Preston Marshall, saw the authentic Sioux headdress of Dietz and was inspired to change the team before they moved to Washington D.C.. I don’t know about you, but from those I’ve personally met with both full and partial native heritage, he seems to have some pretty obvious physical traits…well more than some that have exploited it more so than he.
Pictured above, Native American Elizabeth “Sitting Bullshit” Warren is testifying before the Senate about the size of her brain.
Regardless if he was Sioux or not, that doesn’t change the fact that the team name was inspired by him. It wasn’t named out of racist implications or derogatory malice as the left would like to assume.
As far as the legality of the issue, it would seem that the Washington Redskins have done this dog and pony show before and won. Not being a lawyer myself, I have to defer to the knowledge of experts like Mark Levin who says the franchise hasn’t lost their name or logo thanks to Common Law. So, this may all just be more media sensationalism.
I believe at the end of the day, this all boils down to more tyranny from the Obama White House. Their
goons hitmen bureaucrats, this time from the US Patent and Trademark office, are imposing more political correctness for a small minority…in the name of “equality” of course. There’s something in this country called Freedom of Speech and this is just another attempt to trump it with the idea that we now don’t have the right to offend people. If people truly hated these teams with offensive names, they would stop buying tickets and merchandise then fade away as an outdated franchise. But no, they must compel us to not be offensive with our First Amendment rights…BY FORCE.
I leave you with a short blurb from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid who sums up this entire move around the 1:35 mark.