Letter: Change DC NFL team’s name to Rampage

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Change DC NFL team’s name to Rampage

This is an open letter to Washington football fans, Native Americans and their sympathizers, and Washington owner Daniel Snyder in particular. I’ve spent most of my 67 years never giving much thought to the “Redskins” mascot. It was just a natural conclusion that followed the word “Washington” when talking about the football team.

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One can only be offended

One can only be offended if they allow themselves to be. Those "wearing their emotions on their sleeves" are offended by any and everything, and often look for things to be offended by. In the case of offending pejoratives, innocent words are made so by the way they are presented. The offensiveness is created in the minds of those that let themselves be offended. Let's take the "F" word for example. There was never such a word until someone made it up. Know what it stands for? Fornication Under Carnal Knowledge. Who do we thank for that word being made from that phrase? How about the "S" word? Baled manure being imported to England for fertilizer would create explosive methane gas if placed in the hold and sea water got it wet, so to make sure that the methane gas did not accumulate in the hold, the bales were stacked high on the deck. To assure that this was done, the bales were marked "Ship High In Transit",and later on shortened to S.H.I.T. Stacked high? Cow manure? Whole shipload? "What a pile of ****! The list goes on. For those offended, I can only offer this advice: "Put on a real thick skin and spend your time looking to make you own life better!"

With all Due Respect

With all due respect, freespeaker, your whole discussion of the etymology of the f-word and the s-word is a bunch of codswallop.

Um, excuse me Melanie,

Did you say something? I heard this dull droning hum and was preoccupied looking for my fly swatter and bug spray. Oh, and while I was looking, I found this little tidbit on Wikipedia: Melanie is a feminine given name derived from the Greek μελανία (melania), "blackness"[1]. It really explains a lot!

Talk about

Juvenile. You post something as a fact, I point out that it isn't and instead of trying to educate yourself, you resort to name calling. Good for you.


Your button can be pushed soooooo easily and your comments are very entertaining. Your denouncing the truthfulness of any subject or statement DOES NOT make it false. Apparently, with your limited legal education, your ego allows you to imagine yourself on an equal with God by making judgements on everyone's views and comments. You poor, pitiful, deluded child! Life has not been very fair to you has it? But HEY!!! It's really nothing that a fifth of Jim Beam or Wild Turkey won't handily take care of! The stuff has a way of mellowing out even the crustiest and hardened paralegal. Give it a try. Maybe you'll start seeing the world as it really is.

Should the state of Oklahoma

Should the state of Oklahoma be forced to change it's name???? "Oklahoma was the 46th state in the USA; it became a state on November 16, 1907. Origin of the Name Oklahoma - The name Oklahoma is from the Choctaw Indian words "okla" meaning people and "humma" meaning red."


"Oklahoma" has not been used as a racial pejorative.


http://rmusdhs.ss4.sharpschool.com/home the link above is to a Navajo Indian high school. Student population almost 100 percent native American. They call themselves the Redskins. Why would native Americans call themselves a racial pejorative? In the case of the Washington Redskins - Redskins is not intended as a racial pejorative and never was. Just as Oklahoma is not a racial pejorative even though it means "Red People".

Melanie... I'm interested in

Melanie... I'm interested in your thoughts on the Navajo School that calls themselves the Redskins.

I think it

I think it is unfortunate. But I also spent enough time in Indian Country to understand that in some cases they use the word (or some derivation thereof -- mostly Skins) within their own community as a defense mechanism. If you are truly interested in the issue and the history, I can recommend a number of books that would give you a different perspective on the issues surrounding the use of the word "redskins." That being said, the Navajo Nation recently came out against the continued use of the word in professional sports: http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2014/04/11/navajo-nation-officially-joins-fight-against-redskins-mascot-154423


http://amoraloutrage.wordpress.com/2014/05/24/good-for-you-wa-redskins-push-back-harder/ Redskins fire back against Harry Reid, senators on name change The Washington Redskins took on Democrats in the U.S. Senate on Friday, telling Majority Leader Harry Reid that his efforts to orchestrate a campaign to force a team name change were misguided and failed to recognize the name’s “deep and personal meaning.” “I hope you will attend one of our home games, where you would witness first-hand that the Washington Redskins are a positive, unifying force for our community in a city and region that is divided on so many levels,” team President Bruce Allen wrote Mr. Reid. The letter offered several rebuttals to arguments that Mr. Reid and other Democratic senators made in a letter earlier this week asking the NFL to force the team to change its name because they considered it racially offensive. Mr. Allen argued the Redskins‘ name “originated as a Native American expression of solidarity” and that the team logo was designed by Native Americans in 1971. He also noted that 90 percent of Americans in one poll didn’t find the team name offensive, and that an Associated Press survey earlier this year found 83 percent of Americans supported keeping the team name. “What policy or issue generates 83 percent to 90 percent support in this era of negativity and division?” he asked. The team also played up its recent charitable efforts through a new foundation that in just two months has funded 40 projects to help Native Americans. “It is our mission to help tackle the troubling realities facing so many tribes across our country,” Mr. Allen wrote.


http://vikefans.com/index.php?/topic/14485-usa-today-poll-reveals-overwhelming-support-for-redskins-name/ Story Highlights •Team's nickname has faced a new barrage of criticism for being offensive to Native Americans •But new AP-GfK poll shows nearly four in five Americans support the name 'Redskins' •Those who think the name should be changed say the word is obviously derogatory WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's been a rough offseason for the Washington Redskins, and not just because of the knee injury to star quarterback Robert Griffin III. The team's nickname has faced a new barrage of criticism for being offensive to Native Americans. Local leaders and pundits have called for a name change. Opponents have launched a legal challenge intended to deny the team federal trademark protection. A bill introduced in Congress in March would do the same, though it appears unlikely to pass. But a new Associated Press-GfK poll shows that nationally, "Redskins" still enjoys wide support. Nearly four in five Americans don't think the team should change its name, the survey found. Only 11 percent think it should be changed, while 8 percent weren't sure and 2 percent didn't answer. Although 79 percent favor keeping the name, that does represent a 10 percentage point drop from the last national poll on the subject, conducted in 1992 by The Washington Post and ABC News just before the team won its most recent Super Bowl. Then, 89 percent said the name should not be changed, and 7 percent said it should. The AP-GfK poll was conducted from April 11-15. It included interviews with 1,004 adults on both land lines and cellphones. It has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.9 percentage points. Several poll respondents told The AP that they did not consider the name offensive and cited tradition in arguing that it shouldn't change. "That's who they've been forever. That's who they're known as," said Sarah Lee, a 36-year-old stay-at-home mom from Osceola, Ind. "I think we as a people make race out to be a bigger issue than it is." But those who think the name should be changed say the word is obviously derogatory.


Useless cut and paste.

Ueless for whom?

Are there facts that are under contention? If not, why is the commenter's endeavor to enlighten the readers and offer a counter argument to an emotional issue that has no bearing on the economic or legislative future of this country but seems to be something that concerns all of the Democrats in the Senate, a useless cut and paste? As to the reply to my earlier post, I suppose all the commentators on TV and Radio are incorrect as well.

Do you know the history of the name?

The name is an honorific for a Coach who was Native American, let it go.

That is

That is a myth, easily disproved: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/1933-news-article-refutes-cherished-tale-that-redskins-were-named-to-honor-indian-coach/2014/05/28/19ad32e8-e698-11e3-afc6-a1dd9407abcf_story.html

So, apparently

He was no more of Indian blood than Elizabeth Warren.

Oh, for

Oh, for God's sake, did you even read the link? The name had NOTHING to do with the coach.

One more thought 50

One more thought 50 Democratic Senators signed a letter to the owner of the Redskins asking him to change the name. That, in itself, is every reason to keep the name Redskins.

"Pale Faces" you say? Would

"Pale Faces" you say? Would that offend those whose faces aren't so pale (RG III comes to mind). The only people to whom the name Redskins is offensive are the liberal elite. Until they started pounding away on the name continuously, no one gave it a thought. I'm not a Redskins fan - but I am a fan of keeping the Redskins name and not allowing the owners to be bullied by the progressives.


You said "The only people to whom the name Redskins is offensive are the liberal elite." Having spent a considerable amount of time in Indian Country, I beg to differ. The name is a racial pejorative and always has been. It is deeply offensive to the broad Native American community. This controversy has been going on for decades; it is not some new "liberal elite" issue.

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