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    Re: Tribal chief: No FedEx until Redskins change team name

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    Offense has nothing to do with legislation. It would be stupid to presume offense as the basis of any legislation. Legislation is a matter of limiting harm to society.

    Racial stereotyping (even "positive" stereotypes) harm society. It does not matter whom is offended, that's a fact. That fact, and not any BS offense crying, is the basis of changing the name.


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    1. Only stupid people believe offense is a basis for ethical action.
    2. Racial stereotypes harm society by marginalizing those left out.
    There's no stereotyping involved. It doesn't insult Native Americans. These people are CHOOSING to take offense to something that describes their skin color, just like some blacks get offended when someone calls them black. Too bad. Come back when you have a legitimate gripe.
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    Re: Tribal chief: No FedEx until Redskins change team name

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    There's no stereotyping involved. It doesn't insult Native Americans. These people are CHOOSING to take offense to something that describes their skin color, just like some blacks get offended when someone calls them black. Too bad. Come back when you have a legitimate gripe.
    I didn't say it insulted anyone and I couldn't give a **** if it did.

    It does, however, stereotype a race.

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    Re: Tribal chief: No FedEx until Redskins change team name

    Though, again...my last post touches on a problem with this. What exactly is being asked or looked at regarding native americans.

    Do you find the word redskin in ALL instances?
    Do you find it being used by the washington football team offensive
    Do you the name being used by the football team needs to be changed?
    Would you prefer it to be changed than not, but don't care strongly either way?
    Is the name of a football team being the "redskins" of significant concern to you

    These are all different questions with potentially different answers that all would paint an entirely different story.

    My stance on this, having interacted with Native American organizations a number of times in the past, is that I simply wish that all this fervor, attention, public awareness, and time that has been spent on the name would be spent on the multitude of issues affecting indian country far more in magnitutde then the name of a football team.

    And before anyone goes "you can be both, one doesn't preclude the other"...you're aboslutely right. But for the most part that's not what's happening. The greater awareness about the issues with the team name isn't generally causing some huge upswing in helping to fight poverty on reservations. The plethora of stories hitting news outlets aren't causing an increase in news stories about the troubling educational rates within the native american population.

    Strangely enough, as much as I don't want to see the name change....if it honestly was seeming to raise significant awareness and care for the plight of native americans in this country in tangible ways at an equal rate and intesity as it is regarding the name "Redskin" then I'd be happy about this entire long ordeal. But that's not really happening...rather, it's just yet another on a long list of cause celeb things that breeds facebook activism and allows sports writers that didn't have the chops to be political writers to have a little wank in private as they pat themselves on their back thinking they did some kind of great thing for civil rights by protecting the poor poor native americans from possibly being offended.

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    Re: Tribal chief: No FedEx until Redskins change team name

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    Even flat-out over-exploitation can work with a small enough population capable of moving throughout a region.
    The system is defined (to some extent) by the size of its' components. If the component isn't large enough, then it can't extract/exploit everything the resource has to give. It can extract as much as it can (ie work at 100% efficiency) but that's not over-exploitation

    A system should be resilient and adaptive. This is achieved through diversity. The removal of a single species does not collapse a robust system.
    The issue here isn't the resiliency of a system. It's about whether the existence of large #'s of buffalo was environmentally destructive. And there was more than the removal of a single species. Both the buffalo and the NA's were essentially eliminated. They were two of the most important species driving the system of mob grazing the plains.


    NAs were just as destructive to the environment as any other people in similar geographic circumstances during that era. Claiming they had a special bond with the Earth and took care of it better than others is Noble Savage.
    I did not deny that they have, in some cases, degraded the environment nor did I claim any "special bond" so I don't know where you get the Noble Savage thing from.


    No more so than any other group in similar circumstances.
    No, not every culture is equal on this matter.
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    Re: Tribal chief: No FedEx until Redskins change team name

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    Though, again...my last post touches on a problem with this. What exactly is being asked or looked at regarding native americans.

    Do you find the word redskin in ALL instances?
    Do you find it being used by the washington football team offensive
    Do you the name being used by the football team needs to be changed?
    Would you prefer it to be changed than not, but don't care strongly either way?
    Is the name of a football team being the "redskins" of significant concern to you

    These are all different questions with potentially different answers that all would paint an entirely different story.

    My stance on this, having interacted with Native American organizations a number of times in the past, is that I simply wish that all this fervor, attention, public awareness, and time that has been spent on the name would be spent on the multitude of issues affecting indian country far more in magnitutde then the name of a football team.

    And before anyone goes "you can be both, one doesn't preclude the other"...you're aboslutely right. But for the most part that's not what's happening. The greater awareness about the issues with the team name isn't generally causing some huge upswing in helping to fight poverty on reservations. The plethora of stories hitting news outlets aren't causing an increase in news stories about the troubling educational rates within the native american population.

    Strangely enough, as much as I don't want to see the name change....if it honestly was seeming to raise significant awareness and care for the plight of native americans in this country in tangible ways at an equal rate and intesity as it is regarding the name "Redskin" then I'd be happy about this entire long ordeal. But that's not really happening...rather, it's just yet another on a long list of cause celeb things that breeds facebook activism and allows sports writers that didn't have the chops to be political writers to have a little wank in private as they pat themselves on their back thinking they did some kind of great thing for civil rights by protecting the poor poor native americans from possibly being offended.
    All those questions are legitimate, but what it really boils down to is a business decision. If it costs them more to keep the name than to change it, they will change it. The people who are protesting the name are trying to sway public opinion towards the former.

    And while I do think there are issues of more importance, there are people who think the denigration of their culture is a very important issue and that the name denigrates their culture. People decide for themselves what's important to them. Not much can be done about that
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    Re: Tribal chief: No FedEx until Redskins change team name

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    Nobody has a right not to be offended. Free speech always overrides offense. They can just grow up.
    A right? No. But a right to protest they do have. And being someone who offends knowing just makes you a jerk. It's not illegal to be one. And it has nothing to do with rights. But it marks you all the same. And it always has.

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    Re: Tribal chief: No FedEx until Redskins change team name

    Quote Originally Posted by sangha View Post
    The system is defined (to some extent) by the size of its' components. If the component isn't large enough, then it can't extract/exploit everything the resource has to give. It can extract as much as it can (ie work at 100% efficiency) but that's not over-exploitation
    Gibberish.

    The issue here isn't the resiliency of a system.
    Yes it is, and it illustrates mismanagement.

    I did not deny that they have, in some cases, degraded the environment nor did I claim any "special bond" so I don't know where you get the Noble Savage thing from.
    It comes from the person I quoted in the conversation you interrupted.

    No, not every culture is equal on this matter.
    Every culture in the same circumstances did the same thing. People will exploit an environment to the best of their ability and knowledge. NAs were not special in this regard.

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    Re: Tribal chief: No FedEx until Redskins change team name

    Quote Originally Posted by sangha View Post
    If it costs them more to keep the name than to change it, they will change it.
    For the most part I agree, but I do think there's a wild card here...

    Dan Snyder, while a businessman, is also a fan.

    He's a person who grew up as a fan of this team from a very early age. He's also a very stubborn man from all accounts that I've heard and read about the man.

    If somehow the Redskins name actually causes one of the most profitable sports franchises in the United States to STOP being profitable, then I agree...he'd likely take the initative to change it himself. But if it simply causes it to be LESS profitable, but still profitable, I can't see that causing Dan Snyder to change. The stubborn nature, mixed with his history as a FAN, I believe would cuase him to accept making less money but keeping the name.

    Also, even if the team does make a lower profit then it currently is, changing the name doesn't inherently mean it'd fix it. A recent study by a university (I wish I could link to it, but I forgot the specifics and I originally heard about it on a radio show) tried to quantify what the most important motivating factors were for various sports franchises in the United States. Things like tradition, the product on the field, game day experiences, star players, etc.

    Redskin fans were at the very top, along side Packers and Steeler fans, when it came to tradition being the primary motivating factor. And this shouldn't be surprising, as it's a fanbase still largely living on the joy of 20+ years ago.

    Changing the name, unless it's accompanied with a SIGNIFICANT increase in product on the field over the next decade, could actually potentially cause a significant hit in terms of the profit of the team as the fanbase begins to feel a disconnect. It hampers the teams ability to prop up the past as a means of keeping interest in the present...something routinely done by the Redskins over the past 20 years.

    IF a financial issue is going to cause a name change, it won't be a financial hit impacting the Redskins but rather the NFL. And I don't know if we're going to get to a place anytime soon where enough major sponsors will actually put pressure on the NFL, to a point where the NFL legitimately thinks it may be losing money from it, to cause a change.

    If the name is going to change I largely feel it'll come about due to pressure from the Government in some substantial factor or pressure from the league due to financial issues....and the latter I don't see as being likely soon. I just don't see many avenues in which the Washington Redskins will suffer SIGNIFICANT financial hardships over the name.

    It gets a lot of it's money via revenue sharing from the TV contracts. As it relates to individual sponsors, it's a big enough entity that I think even if it loses something like Fedex (and I don't think it will) I think it could recover well enough. It's money from ticket sales or merchandise is not likely to be largely impacted by the name thing, as fans of the team aren't largely stopping being fans because of the name. The product on the field is far more impactful in terms of tickets and merchandise then the fact they're not changing the name.

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    Re: Tribal chief: No FedEx until Redskins change team name

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    He's a person who grew up as a fan of this team from a very early age. He's also a very stubborn man from all accounts that I've heard and read about the man.
    I have heard and read the same.

    I believe the name will eventually change, and it will be forced, but not until the team sells. Since the league gets to approve all team sales, a condition of approval will be placed that the new owner will change the name. May be 10 years from now, or 50 years from now, but it will happen.
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    Re: Tribal chief: No FedEx until Redskins change team name

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    Canada's treatment of First Nations is pretty ugly, especially the first three quarters of the 20th century. There is huge sensitivity to that here. Also, Indians make up about 30% of this areas population, they resent being called "east Indian" as my friend Bondhar says "I know of no one born in east India."

    You simply don't use terms like that here.

    Difference is that in Canada Native Canadians actually integrate in society, you see them everywhere. In the US you can go years without actually seeing one unless you go to a casino or reservation to buy cigarettes.

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