University of Minnesota wants to ban the word 'Redskins'

07 August 2014

The Minnesota Vikings will be playing all their home games at the University of Minnesota while they wait for their new, shiny stadium to be built. The Vikings will be hosting the Washington Redskins November 9. According to the school’s president, Eric W. Kaler, the university is working with the Vikings to keep the word “Redskins” out of all promotional and game date materials. According to Lester Bagley, vice president of public affairs, the team is still deciding how to respond to the school’s request.

In case you’re wondering, the Minnesota Vikings are paying the University of Minnesota $250,000 a game to play in their stadium.

I’m not sure what this request means. It’s been a long time since I’ve attended an NFL game. I don’t remember seeing the visiting team’s name anywhere unless it was on the scoreboard. The word “Redskins” appears on each player’s jersey, between the NFL shield logo and the player’s number.

What’s the school want to be done about that?

I feel sorry for anyone who’s genuinely offended by the name of the Washington Redskins. I would hate to be someone who’s so easily offended by a word. I don’t think I’ve ever been offended by what someone said or by the long-standing name of something, but I imagine if I ever had, it would be quite awful. Words I don’t like, I don’t use. It would never occur to me to get other people to stop using them.

That to me seems pushy.


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