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I am white and I am not offended by the terms, cracker, saltine, whitey, white bread, etc., so why are other races bothered by simple words. Oh so what?!
Redskins is indeed racist and should be changed! I vote for "Savages".
The world is falling apart and this is what Harry Reid is worried about.
Isn't it about time we treat Political Correctness as the poorly-thought soft-headed nonsense that it is?
what if the Cleveland browns were the Cleveland honkies and how about the Pittsburgh blackskins?
If Redskins is a racist term, then so are the Padres( a little barefoot priest in a robe holding a baseball bat!), Fighting Irish( inferring that those of Irish descent are troublemakers who have to be taken away in "Paddywagons"), Saints, Angels,(Blasphemy), Vikings( Savage pilagers), Mountaineers( Mascot is a Barefoot Hillbilly for cryin' out loud!), and dozens and dozens more in all of organized sports. Where does it end jordanb?
The Washington Redskins have carried the name with honor and have not slandered it. Stop worrying about the pro teams and worry about our country going to hell in a hand basket.
Papa, "honkie" is one of those terms that should be on the level of The Dreaded N-Word™ But, frankly, if you're OK with using one of those words, I'm OK with using the other. Words are a collection of sounds - it's the meaning the user puts behind them that give them their power.
Jordanb, as long as there are two different people on the face of the earth, they're going to notice each others' differences. It's human nature. Would you rather someone speak openly and honestly about physical differences, or would you rather have them only think them, plus have them resent "those people" dictating what people are allowed to say and what they're not? Which way will diminish racism, and which way will cause it to fester?
Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and their ilk, have not made lucrative careers for themselves by working to end racism. I find Thomas Sowell's term for them - "race mongers" - to be quite fitting.
Tommy Yazzie, superintendent of the Red Mesa school district on the Navajo Nation reservation. "Society, they think it's more derogatory because of the recent discussions," Yazzie said. "In its pure form, a lot of Native American men, you go into the sweat lodge with what you've got -- your skin. I don't see it as derogatory."
Neither does Eunice Davidson, a Dakota Sioux who lives on the Spirit Lake reservation in North Dakota. "It more or less shows that they approve of our history," she said.
Davidson said that if she could speak to Dan Snyder, the Washington team owner who has vowed never to change the name, "I would say I stand with him. We don't want our history to be forgotten."
In 2004, the National Annenberg Election Survey asked 768 people who identified themselves as Indian whether they found the name "Washington Redskins" offensive. Almost 90 percent said it did not bother them.
I agree- that the reference to "WASHINGTON" is the only offense part!
Yeah, so in the last few year, the NFL is just now getting flack for the name being "Offensive". Whatever!! Society is such babies! They have been named the "Redskins" since 1932. It's 2014 and society is such whining, crying, babies, about this. These hypocrites are upset that the name "Redskins" is offensive. The next thing will be the Catholic people will start protesting the name "San Diego Padres" because Padre is in reference to a Catholic Priest, aka Father! The Yankees refers to run-a-muck Northerners, right? You sissy parents, people, tree-hugger, hippies.....quit whining about stuff that doesn't even affect you at all! This is why this country is so SOFT!!! It's a NAME, people!! And if you think the Native American people were so "hurt" by the name REDSKINS, then you are mistaken. I am Native American. The name Redskin isn't derogatory at all. It is actually, somewhat of a compliment. It's the Washington D.C. douchebags that feel they need to make this an issue.
if native americans weren't such a small demographic they would be able to change the name. there's strength in numbers. however I don't think the name should be changed.
The name will be changed and it won't be that far into the future. Dan Snyder and several folks here just don't get that part yet.
and in the meantime we learn that another group of the Perpetualy Aggrieved is now moving to ban Chief Wahoo as the logo of the Cleveland Indians. And, no doubt, other fools will want to ban the Indians name.If there has been a similar effort to condemn the nickname of the University of Notre Dame, the "fighting Irish", I've not heard it.The world is falling apart around our ears, and THIS is the biggest thing to be wildly indignant about? THIS??One realizes that Harry Reid (spit, spit) is a worthless waste of good oxygen, but usually such people are accompanied by a caregiver and kept away from sharp things.
I like Tea so the name tea party is offensive to me . So lets change the name the Pee party , as that is what they do to Americans
Let's put it this way.....society is a bunch of whining babies. Period. When I was growing up, America was AMERICA! Nowadays, you have to watch what you say because if you happen to offend someone because THEY are overly sensitive, then you can have your reputation ruined, your financial well-being trashed, and simple words can really send a person in a tail-spin. Look at the Clippers owner, Donald Sterling! 99.99999% of you know that you have said similar things.....maybe not racist remarks, but "insensitive" remarks. He did this, in the privacy of his own home, on his own phone, to someone whom he thought was a trusted person. The next thing you know, he is forced to sell his team. So, since he is an owner of a team, the NBA felt that since someones feelings were hurt, they needed to act. Jay-Z, the rapper, is part owner of the New Jersey Nets, right? He has all-black meetings with execs from B.E.T. when he did the documentary about his life. He even admitted that he told security to not admit anyone NOT of black heritage. Nothing was even said about that. SO, why is it a double-standard? The new rule is "if it offends even 1 person, then it is deemed wrong". That is why society is so weak-minded and soft. Buck up and quit being such a baby! You are teaching todays youth that it's ok to cry over spilled milk. The smallest thing can send someone into an emotional tail-spin and it's sickening!
notorious, you are right on the money. why does racism seem like it's only practiced by whites? listen to some rap music and it's scary in its innuendo. racists come in all colors and ethnicity. unfortunately, as long as humans inhabit the earth, there will be racism. let's just not act like it only comes from one direction.
It is good to read comments stating that we are simply too thin skinned and overly sensitive in this country today.
The real problem is that too many with a minority position (not "minorities" as a group) are finding ways to get their wish and ruin the established fabric.
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