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?!
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?
I can't believe anyone voted 'no' on this. The name is ridiculously racist. And of course you aren't offended by those terms Askmeificare, they don't hold the same power.
Jordanb, Life sometimes isn't fair and/or polically correct, but give it time and your fellow liberals will destroy this country by removing the moral fabric that binds us, and by ignoring more important issues such as the economy to keep people dependent on big government. Now we have an intrusive government trying to bully Dan Snyder into changing a team name that has stood for decades. I side with Dan Snyder that government and Harry Reidskin should stop this race baiting and focus on improving our country's economy instead of dividing us.
Way to stay on topic philobeto. But since you brought it up, why does calling out racism make me a liberal and not just a decent human being? And I can keep up with more than one topic at a time, so don't assume this consumes all my time while I blithely ignore "more important issues such as the economy".
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!
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
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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