Why I changed my mind about the Redskins controversy

With football season fast approaching, I’ve been thinking more about the controversy surrounding the name of the Washington Redskins. I’ve changed my mind. I no longer think the name should be changed.

What made me change my mind? This photo, for one:

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The r-word? Anyone who wants to equate the n-word to the word Redskins is stupid and doesn’t know what they’re talking about. Nothing equals the n-word. It’s the apex predator of all racial slurs. If someone wants to argue that the word Redskins is a negative racial slur, then I’m more than happy to listen to the evidence proving this. On the other hand, if someone wants to declare that not only is the word Redskins a negative racial slur, but that it’s equal to the word nigger, then I’m out.

Don’t get me wrong. If you were going to create a professional sports team today in 2014, I don’t think it would be a good idea to name it after a minority group or a term referring to skin color. The thing is, the team has been called Redskins for so long, that any real or perceived racial insensitivity connected to the word, was mitigated a long time ago. The word Redskins has been in the public lexicon for decades, not as a racial slur, but as the name of a professional football team.

Words change. Language is an ever evolving thing. Even if the word Redskins began as a negative slur, and the experts can’t seem to agree if it did or not, it’s not one now.

It’s the name of a professional football team in the National Football League that plays its home games here in Maryland. People should stop burning so many calories trying to make it something that it’s not.

Author: Rick Rottman

My name is Rick Rottman and I live in Maryland. This is my blog. If you'd like to know more about me, check out my About page.

4 thoughts on “Why I changed my mind about the Redskins controversy”

  1. Thank you! Please be public about this. So many on the other side of the issue are so vocal I think those who are for it are afraid to speak up, fearing they’ll be labeled a bigot. Pro-skins need to be vocal.

  2. Thank you! Please be public about this. So many on the other side of the issue are so vocal I think those who are for it are afraid to speak up, fearing they’ll be labeled a bigot. Pro-skins need to be vocal.

  3. Thank you! Please be public about this. So many on the other side of the issue are so vocal I think those who are for it are afraid to speak up, fearing they’ll be labeled a bigot. Pro-skins need to be vocal.

  4. Thank you! Please be public about this. So many on the other side of the issue are so vocal I think those who are for it are afraid to speak up, fearing they’ll be labeled a bigot. Pro-skins need to be vocal.

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