Re: Hurrah for Dan Snyder
posted at 10/10/2013 3:40 PM EDT
In response to dreighver's comment:
In response to Not-A-Shot's comment:
My life is the same if they are the Washington Redskins or the Washington Little Rabbit Foo Foos.
Agree with it or not, the name is hurtful to some people. The name of a sports team should be hurtful to no one.
The time for change has been long upon us.
How would we feel if we had a team named the "San Francisco Yellowskins", or the "Detroit Blackmen"?
While the name may hold some historical relevance, it's an offensive, racially-driven, "historical relevance".
The fact that TSW is so adamant about this topic, speaks volumes about his character.
Would not bother me, at all.
Nor would it bother me if there were a team called the tennessee trailer trash, riverside rednecks or any other goofy made up hypothetical.
Especially if it was a long standing name and not made up to specifically be demeaning or hurtful on purpose.
I do not care if they change it or not. I simply do not think they should"have" to change it, ever.
No one is making anyone be a fan, or support the product in any way monetarily to the best of my knowledge.
...but hey I am an old salty insensitive sob who grew up in a sarcastic household and was taught very well that "sticks and stones but names..." saying very well and it has always stuck with me.
More importantly for me is where does it end? Do you also mandate that holloywood go back and recall every film ever made that had the word redskin in it and change the dialog and then rerelease everything after it has been sanitized? Same for book publishers as well I guess. If not, why should they get a pass? SHould every american indian owned gift shop that has anything redskin associated with it be forced to have it removed?
...and while the sentiment that not-a-shot made is a fine one in theory, " it is hutful to "someone"" , it is not a practical argument. Why can't I then get a group of people together and say the word Cowboy or even Patriots is hurtful to us. There can always be a reason for a group of people to say that a word is hurtful to them. ..and you can't simply go oh that is different and ridiculous. As long as they feel it is hurtful and you are truly worried about their feelings those feelings have to be validated no matter how ridiculous you may think a particular cliam is. Otherwise you would be doing exactly the same thing as the people who do not care if the Redskins change their name. You would be no different.
Have a look at the racial slur databse here.
Just with a quick look, it would seem the Kansas city Chiefs would need to change thier name.
So to the chicago cubs and New Jersey Devils.
I did not even look through the whole list, lord knows what else is in there. Ooops I should probably not even use the word lord, it might be hurtful to someone somewhere.