"I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it." --Benjamin Franklin 1776
PR shapes public perception. They've inflamed opinion rather than calmed it. The N word wasn't quite as verboten before the OJ Simpson trial. When Redskins was just a name, there wasn't much of an issue. Now that everyone has to think about it, it's a much bigger problem.
I mean, this is really an equation. Is the cost of changing the name less than the cost of keeping it? They made keeping it as expensive as possible.
"I say your factual evidence as to the names offense or the belief of native americans that it should be changed to be nonexistent."
You claimed the evidence for its change among NA to be "nonexistant", I showed it does in fact EXIST.
I just did, the list of tribes, Indian groups and individuals opposed and demanding a name change IS by definition "made up of parts from various sources or of various kinds" of tribes/IndiansI've asked for evidence that "native americans" as a conglomerate group find it offensive, or evidence showing the amount/percentage of the native american population that have issue with it.
It does not change....the belief of native americans that the name should be changed?Many of those groups were outwardly opposed to the name back in 2004 too. So that doesn't really change things.
What sort of pedantic gymnastics await?
First, one of the primary reasons why racial slurs are used—so that dominant racial groups can sustain social inequality—has not been fully explored in the study of racial slurs. Existing research has uncovered important insights, ranging from how slurs can be used to threaten another group’s identity (Boeckmann and Liew 2002, Leets 2001) to how the linguistic complexity of slurs determines their impact on victims (Leader et al. 2009, Mullen and Rice 2003). However, less is known about how group members’ desire for social inequality can drive the prevalence of racial slurs. Given that most organizational settings are predicated on meritocracy, it is important to understand how the use of racial slurs can contribute to the exclusion and subjugation of certain social groups by other social groups.And finally, the really important part:Racial slurs comprise a subset of interpersonal aggression that is targeted at racial groups (or individuals who are members of racial groups) to inflict personal or psychological harm, such as damaging their character or injuring their reputation. Accordingly, in our conceptual framework, we consider racial slurs to have three defining characteristics—they are serious, overt, and discriminatory.
So yes, in short, this is like calling a rape victim a slut, and then trying to hide behind the fact that at one point it meant "kitchen maid".The content and the linguistic terms that characterize racial slurs are in themselves discriminatory (Graumann 1998). There is a straightforward comprehension that the remark is meant to send a denigrating message to a target because of the target’s racial heritage and to distinguish the targets from other racial groups. Racial slurs place targets into inferior out groups and aggressors into superior in-groups (Allport 1954). The discriminatory nature of racial slurs can be distinguished from most other acts of serious interpersonal aggression that are not inherently discriminatory, including stealing from coworkers, endangering coworkers with reckless behaviors, and behaving in a physically aggressive manner (Robinson and Bennett 1995).
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. - MLK
The appeals process will keep this sucker tied up for decades.