The Washington Redskins football organization now faces its biggest challenge yet in holding on to a name many consider offensive. A lot of high profile people have implored the team to change its nickname to something that does not have a negative connotation against Native Americans.
Now, the government is using its muscle to force this private organization to reconsider by pulling the patent on its Redskins trademark. While it's still unclear if this will be the move that ultimately changes this team's future, I wanted to share an email I recently got from one of our viewers.
Marie Magill from Oak Island has what might be the simplest solution. She writes, "If the team management is adamant about not name-changing, then I suggest they change their logo to a sack or bushel of Redskin Potatoes, which are very good, by the way."
Marie might be on to something. I wonder what the team mascot will look like. Maybe Mr. Potato Head can make a resurgence.
That's Marie's turn. To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emailed comments from viewers:
I am a strong Redskins fan from the era when the only professional football you could watch on a Sunday in Eastern North Carolina was the game the Redskins were playing that day. I loved them then. I love them now. I want them to keep the name, Redskins! I am not so naive, however, as to deny or ignore the possibility that some Native-Americans are offended by the name. Polls have revealed, however, that many, perhaps a significant majority, are not offended and, in fact, are honored by the respect and recognition the Washington football club brings to them. Even so, this is probably an unwinable argument, and one from which the 'Skins would probably gain more respect by changing the name than by winning the argument.
Given that, I like the suggestion of just changing the logo from a 'Native-American brave' to a bag of potatoes, and keeping the name, Redskins! Sounds like a good compromise to me!
The following is an excerpt from a Facebook post by Olaf Brummel...
--The name Redskin --William" Lone Star" Dietz, whose mother was a full blooded Sioux Indian, was the first coach of the Redskins. It was in his honor that the team was named Redskins. He brought a number of Indian players to the team and they wore red war paint and Indian bonnets to the game. Redskins came from the English colonists because of the red body paint they wore into battle. Boston Redskins, who moved to Washington in 1937,sought to capitalize on their Indian players and coach. The team played wearing Red war paint . And the Indian players from that time considered the name and trappings an honor. Today people try to take a name and make something evil out of it. When if they would just read and have understanding of how the name originated. Not for something bad. But in todays world , we are so political correct, We lose the real meaning of what is behind the name. Hope the owner of the Washington Redskins stands his ground !!!!! I personally would move the team out of Washington. Harry Reid and the Government needs to stop trying to tell owners of these sports teams what to do. They think they have power over we Americans.
Call the U.S. patent office at 1- 800 -786- 91991- 800 -786- 9199 and 1- 571 -272- 10001- 571 -272- 1000 and complain !!!!!!
I could not agree more with Olaf. This name was not intended to. E derogatory in any way. If it had been created in that nature I would agree that it needed to be changed. If someone is offended by the name of a sports team.... They have deeper issues that wont be resolved by changing the name. They are the ones that need to change something...Their priorities!!
Gary, in the olden days native Americans called us "paleface". I'm a life long redskins fan and their logo makes perfect sense. Are the Atlanta braves and the Kansas city chiefs going to change theirs also!
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