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Contrary to their claims, Redskin is a name Native Americans use for themselves at times as well. It's origins stem from native americans using it as a means of differentiating between the native's (red skins) and settlers (white skins). A great number of native american schools on and off reservations across this country go by the moniker "Redskins". Considering they clearly demonstrated that historical instances (such as Red Cloud) as well as teams (by referencing the Washington Redskins) count as it relates to "calling" a name, then it's clear they're ad is just factually wrong; yes, native americans have and do to some degree refer to themselves as Redskins.
Has it, and can it, be used as a slur? Absolutely. Is its origins one of, or every use of it a case of, being a slur? Absolutely not.
What strikes me, however, is the use of nearly half a million dollars to run ad criticizing a name. It’s instances like this that makes it clear to me how much of a political and activist in nature agenda this is, as opposed to one actually concerned with the well-being of native americans in this country (then again, these folks misrepresent the vast majority of native americans at a drop of a hat, so why should I be surprised).
Half a million dollars for something that will have little to no impact on the lives of those living on reservations currently. Half a million dollars that goes to airing a grievance over a word as opposed to directly helping the horrendous conditions and situations facing many native americans in this country.
This would be like claiming you care about the homeless, and then spending half a million dollars to run an ad telling people to stop referring to disheveled people as looking “homeless” so as not to minimize the horrible situation some are going through….instead of, I don’t know, spending half a million dollars to provide actual shelter for the homeless.
It's become a bigger issue in recent years because of a mix of:
1. The abundance of media available to us and the need to fill up space
2. The "thought bubble" effect in media, where an issue gets talked about in one place and then bounces around all the other facets of that type of media
3. A heightened sense of public unease over anything that even has the hint of potentially being "racist"
4. An owner who is an easy target and is generally disliked
5. The team re-entered into national relevance in 2012 (the year before this started getting big media attention again) with a division championship and a rookie of the year following a mega trade
6. The advent of "facebook activism" making it an easy thing for people who wouldn't take two steps towards actually legitimately helping to improve anyones lives to feel like they're "doing something"
7. An incredibly inept PR game plan on the part of the Redskins on how to deal with this issue
Couple of issues.
First, Pasties, Crackers, and White Trash were never terms originally intended as neutral (at worst) or postive (at best) terms for the group in question.
Second, you don't provide nearly enough context to give an accurate answer. One would assume that a team would take a name that evokes positive emotions in it's fan base and connects the team with something in a positive rather than negative manner. While I can't possibly imagine how one can produce "white trash", a word that has zero historical connotation as a neutral or positive notion to any degree, could be used in such a way....if it WAS somehow able to be used as such then I'd likely not care. Especially if there were significanty more important issues facing my day to day life such as people being "horribly poor, alcoholism run[ning] rampant, assault, [and] rape".
The "Aunt Jemima" character is a charicature based on a charecter in a minstral show. From it's very inception in the minstrel shows, it's meant to be an exaggreated stereotype. Whereas the Redskin's character has no such historical origins in it's creation; indeed, it's current incaranation was actually the creation of a Native American for the team.
Negro, as it relates to a reference for black people, was a term first used by europeans to describe and categorize such people. Redskin, as it relates to a reference for native americans, was a term first used by native americans to describe and categorize themselves.
Additionally, I believe one would be hard pressed to say 90% of the black population in this country would indicate indifference towards, or active support against, such a teams name being changed.
"I am appalled that somebody who is the nominee...would take that kind of position"
"A court took away a presidency"
"...the brother of a man running for president was the governor of the state..."
It's horrifying because Trump is blunt instead of making overt implications.
He who knows the least obeys the best.
I've never understood this argument. When is the last time you saw a professional sports team of any kind name themselves after something they despise or look down upon? That doesn't happen. It would be like Atlanta naming their sports team the Yankees. It costs a ton of money to rebrand a large company. It costs nearly nothing for people to stop being offended of their own perceptions long enough to educate themselves in the positive reasons the name was chosen.
They didn't like the Cleveland Indians logo, either.
You don't get to decide if Wop is offensive unless you're Italian, or if Frog is offensive unless you're French or Polack unless you're Polish, etc., so unless you're Native...
He who knows the least obeys the best.
Redskin was descriptive. Not an insult. Early settlers didn't know what else to call the native American. I guess they could have called the team the Savages.
I have said the Wahoo logo could be made more respectful, but in the land of the easily offended. I am sure that would not be enough.
Oh, and you wife and family should learn how the name came about and that their forefathers were fine with it.