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Thread: Is Redskin a slur? [W:282]

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    Is Redskin a slur? [W:282]

    I'm curious what percentage of people think Redskin is a slur separate from whether or not the team's name should be changed.

    I think a lot of people are so used to the Redskin name they don't even think of it as a slur because they see it simply as a descriptor of Native Americans or of its heritage and never thought of it as an insult.

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    re: Is Redskin a slur? [W:282]

    It can be used as a slur, in the case of the Redskin's football team it is not used as a slur. No I do not believe because a few feel offended by something everything must change to satisfy them. If this were a majority of indian nations who felt offended and joined the lawsuit then I would consider it legitimate and suggest it be changed.
    I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on whats being proposed here, hed agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute. - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.


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    re: Is Redskin a slur? [W:282]

    No, it's the name of an NFL team, countless school districts' sports teams, and used in the F-Troop theme song.

    In my 52 years in this country I don't ever recall someone lobbing "Redskin" at someone as a means of insulting them. And I'm talking about Native Americans being on the receiving end.

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    re: Is Redskin a slur? [W:282]

    Depends. Is yellow skin a slur?

    I do have some 'skin' in the game, but not enough to really be impacted by the term. I do think you'd have to ask a Native American, not a white person interested in preserving a trademark.

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    re: Is Redskin a slur? [W:282]

    Perhaps Washington should keep the logo and change their name to the Washington Savages. It would be accurate and non-insulting.

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    re: Is Redskin a slur? [W:282]

    It obviously can be used as a slur. There is no other denotational definition of redskin than an offensive term for Native Americans. If someone refers to Native Americans as redskins, that is a racist term. Regardless of the sports teams that are supposedly using them in a non-offensive manner, I hope that we can all agree it would be racist to name a sports team "the ni**as," so I don't see why this is acceptable as a sports team name because it degrades Native Americans as opposed to African Americans.

    But to argue that the government should take action on this front is a complete waste of time and violation of free speech.

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    re: Is Redskin a slur? [W:282]

    Maybe the thin skins should grow up and get a life.

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    re: Is Redskin a slur? [W:282]

    Quote Originally Posted by SocialDemocrat View Post
    It obviously can be used as a slur. There is no other denotational definition of redskin than an offensive term for Native Americans. If someone refers to Native Americans as redskins, that is a racist term. Regardless of the sports teams that are supposedly using them in a non-offensive manner, I hope that we can all agree it would be racist to name a sports team "the ni**as," so I don't see why this is acceptable as a sports team name because it degrades Native Americans as opposed to African Americans.

    But to argue that the government should take action on this front is a complete waste of time and violation of free speech.
    Except "ni&&er" (I hate that word) doesn't refer to any physical traits. It's a derogatory term exclusively. Native Americans did have reddish skin, so the term came about because of the physical reality of their being. They (the Native Americans) referred to the English as "the white man". It would appear that each original group was merely referring to the color of the others' skin, and not in any derogatory way.

    I completely agree with your last sentence.

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    re: Is Redskin a slur? [W:282]

    I have never found it to be so. I have also found that many of my friends in the Alabama-Coushatta community also do not. Of course that is only one tribe and anecdotal. I did see on CBS News last night that there has only ever been one poll that asked tribe members if they found the term offensive and 90% said no.

    I grew up in a Dallas Cowboys household, depending on if they beat us or not definitely played a role in how offensive I found them to be.
    Last edited by Filthy McNasty; 06-19-14 at 10:07 PM.

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    re: Is Redskin a slur? [W:282]

    It is just probably a smart thing not to name your team or establishment with a slur of a group of people. I personally thinking the Atlanta Braves logo is a more offensive drawing.

    But changing the name isn't that end of life thing.

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