I guess it is long overdue to change the Redskins name.

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I wonder if we would have been as tolerant of names like “Chicago Chinks”, “New Orleans Ni***rs”, “Denver Dagos”, “Washington Wops”, “Houston Hebes”…

Somehow I don’t think so. It is a matter of political power and cultural will. Plus the Native American minority is the only one we went to war with, banished to reservations and tried to kill off. For many of us the history and legacy of the indigenous peoples were defined by Westerns on stage, screen and TV.

Savages whose only English words were “How” and “Cowabunga”, danced in circles, lived in funny tents, painted their bodies and burned cowboys at the stake. And heathens on top of it all.

Centuries of such societal degradation takes time to unravel.

So it is now about time.

IMHO

19 thoughts on “I guess it is long overdue to change the Redskins name.

      1. Now Len. there are Cardinals in both baseball (St. Louis) and football (Arizona…used to be St. Louis). they could change it to Reds. But the full name in Cincinnati is The Red Stockings. Just sayin’

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  1. Well, seeing how the name has always had a much different meaning than crying, easily “offended” liberals portray, the PC had to be appeased for some reason. How about reading the true history of the name and its reverence in honor of native Americans since inception.

    https://law.marquette.edu/facultyblog/2014/06/why-did-the-washington-redskins-choose-the-name-redskins-in-the-first-place-rather-than-some-other-native-american-name/comment-page-1/

    They will always be the Redskins to many. “Hail to the the Redskins, hail victory, braves on the war path, fight for old DC!!!”

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    1. Interesting link, I enjoyed reading it.

      I used to be a Redskins fan. Actually played with several of them in Norfolk Sports Club Celebrity Golf Tournaments decades ago.

      Played with Theisman, Mike Bragg, Ron McDole (The Dancing Bear) chatted with the Bostics, Joe Jacoby (hands like rough fielders gloves, and about as large) and several others. A lot of fun.

      Then Snyder took over the reins and the teams have never been the same since.

      As many have voiced regarding slavery, times were different back then. Heck the last battle of the long running Indian Wars was only a decade or so earlier than the 1933 name selection.

      The right cries over the idea of “political correctness”. And it can go overboard for many of us older folks, liberal or not.

      But PC is really about civility, specifically civil discourse. Empathy is in short supply, especially now, which makes things less civil, in my opinion.

      Calling people names and hurling insults is a lot easier in the Twitter, FB, Instagram age. Chances of getting a punch in the nose are much slimmer. So our conversations, online discussions and postings become courser.

      A shame, really. There is a benefit to politeness, even feigned politeness. Especially in a gun culture like ours.

      In any case, the history was a good read. And Redskins as a team name is history.

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  2. Roth, the producer of a racist film, and Man, who is apparently guilty of mass misogyny, per Nancy, together make Len’s last name unacceptable in modern society and must be changed. Protests and mass destruction to follow. That was easy….

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    1. Interesting you should bring that up.

      My paternal grandfather was a liberal journalist in Sweden. And in those days, Sweden was not a very liberal country. That came much later. The name Rothman popped up out of nowhere in the family tree, which was well researched by an uncle of mine going back to the 15th century.

      The family oral history was that he changed his name from Ericson to Rothman to make a point about anti-Semitism, which was fairly common in Northern Europe. Most of the world for that matter. Didn’t convert the Judaism. Just the name. So his byline would be Rothman.

      A different tale might come out sometime, but for now, that is the best version we have in the family history.

      Times change, but some things stay pretty much the same.

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      1. Interesting family story. I have the reverse in my background.

        In the early 1940’s, my grandfather, born Jacob Greenfieg, was a salesman out of Cleveland and used the name Jack Green, as it sounded less Jewish. Anti-Semitism was quite rampant back then. (He still had the stereotypical appearance). My grandmother, one of the smartest, most headstrong women I have known, laid down the law with him and told him he had to pick a name. To preserve his employment, he legally changed his name to Jack Green.

        That has made things quite challenging on Ancestry.com, as I have been unable to find the court documents for the legal name change. But when I go to the NJ cemetery where his parents are buried, I have to remember it is Grandma and Grandpa Greenfieg I am looking for.

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        1. My neighborhood in Brooklyn was an ethnic blend of Italian, Norwegian, Jewish and a smattering of Swedes. Greeks were 10 blocks north.

          Growing up in the 50’s and 60’s, I met several Holocaust survivors with tattooed numbers on the forearms. Our family doctor was a refugee from Hungary and his wife a refugee from Denmark.

          Stories abounded of daring escapes through a myriad of sources until Lady Liberty came into view.

          It seems so distant today, but still strong in my memory. One of the great benefits of growing up in the gateway city to America. Same place we came in on the boat in 1948.

          Accents from everywhere were so common.

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