Of course redskins is a slur. I dont see any teams with the name whiteskins or blackskins. I think that all native american names used in sports needed to be changed. Marquette did it. Its not that hard.
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So if the "N" word is simply pointing out that the person has black skin, then it isn't a slur?
I don't think the original settlers were racist. They were land grabbers. The color of the Indians' skin wasn't relevant except in its noteworthiness to them as they had never seen it before. I have a copy of John Winthrop's journals which I have read and seen his use of the words "red skin" when describing the Indians. His issue with them was that they weren't Christian, not that they were a different color.
Indeed, not all settlers held racist sentiments, and I'd agree that religion was all a factor in the tensions between them. But I think that there racism played into a large part of it; even though there were attempts to convert Native Americans to Christianity, there were also a large number of massacres, murders, and battles. In addition, the Trail of Tears incident forced Native Americans who had already "Americanized" their own cultures to pick up and move themselves.I don't think the original settlers were racist. They were land grabbers. The color of the Indians' skin wasn't relevant except in its noteworthiness to them as they had never seen it before. I have a copy of John Winthrop's journals which I have read and seen his use of the words "red skin" when describing the Indians. His issue with them was that they weren't Christian, not that they were a different color.
There were massacres, murders and battles in the early days of this country, but they were on both sides. The Indians massacred Anne Hutchinson and her children, and they massacred the residents of Deerfield MA. These are just a few examples. They didn't, I think, commit those acts out of racism towards the white people. They did it out of defense. The white people did the same thing to them, but not because of racism; they wanted the land and they felt they were inferior not because they were red skinned, but because they called them "heathens" (non Christians). Just like all of the Indians who died from disease, which I think was most of them, weren't intentionally killed. The English didn't plan that. Granted they didn't care that it happened, but it wasn't intentional.
The Trail of Tears was a terrible thing to do, but I again think that was motivated by a desire for their land, not out of racism. It was also in the 1830s so this was a nation already, unlike in the 1600s when it wasn't. They allowed the ones who wanted to stay behind to do so, with the proviso that they fully assimilated. If I remember right, they even granted citizenship to those who stayed behind. That again all smacks of "our land, our country, if you want to be here, be one of us". If they were truly racist, they wouldn't have allowed the ones who wanted to stay to remain behind, and they certainly wouldn't have granted citizenship.
Of course, I'm neither 400 years old nor 200 years old so I don't know for sure, just know what I learned.
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