Excellent article, well written and informative. I am a white guy. The native american issue has never been much of a concern of mine. I abhor racism in all its evil forms. The question of whether the "Redskin" name is offensive to native american culture is an interesting one. Are you really offended? I am quite large. I am not offended by "fatburger". I roll with it. I honestly think that the name of native american professional sports team such as the Braves, Redskins, and Chiefs would fall in the category of "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery". I grew up in San Diego. The Padres are a cultural icon here. I never felt like we were "dissing" the original Catholic Priests who established the missions along California so many years ago. In fact, when I hear ""the Padres" I think of my favorite baseball team, not Catholic Priests. So I sincerely ask the question: "Are you honestly and genuinely offended?" If I were to be convinced that the name "Redskins" was a genuine affront to the native american populace, then I would jump on the bandwagon and decry it as an awful offense. So what do I do? I don't think the Cowboys NFL franchise is an affront to ranchers and horse breeders. And lets also consider the consequences to American culture, yes, after all we ALL are Americans, native or otherwise. Do we eliminate all native american sounding names from professional and College sports teams? Do we tell Florida that "Seminoles is no longer acceptable as a mascot"? Then do we start with the religious names? Padres, Friars... Then we go to the offense taken by the dog-loving crowd... No more bulldogs. And then we get rid of Wolves, Cougars, Bears, Stallions, Tigers, ad naseum. Where do we take this experiment in "political correctness"? Again, please let me know, ARE YOU GENUINELY OFFENDED? I would love to hear that question answered.
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