Saturday, May 16, 2009

Jarrett Carter gets it right! re: the name of Washington DC's NFL franchise

We also don't understand how anyone in this day and age can justify using a racial slur as the name of a professional sports franchise. No matter how much money is invested in marketing and a team's great legacy there is no excuse for this. It's time the NFL get a clue and force the league's Washington franchise to change its name.
redskin-–noun Slang: Often Disparaging and Offensive.
a North American Indian.
From the Bleacher Report: Washington Redskins Win Legal Battle to Be Racist
By Jarrett Carter

In a story likely to be missed by the local media, the Washington Redskins won a 17-year legal battle against a group of Native Americans petitioning the team to drop its racist trademark.

Redskins attorney Bob Raskopf said millions have been spent on the Redskins brand and the team would have suffered great economic loss if they lost the trademark registrations. “It’s a great day for the Redskins and their fans and their owner Dan Snyder,” he said.

Wonderful. Millions of merchandising dollars will be saved, and only for the small price of mass-marketed racial insensitivity towards an entire group of American citizens. While they’re at it, why doesn’t the team endow a George Wallace Memorial Scholarship and bump members of the Leesburg chapter of the Ku Klux Klan up on the season ticket list.

There’s no reason to go into the racial connotations of the name, because if you need an explanation, you’ve already missed the boat on the discussion. And it’s not that everybody who likes the term Redskins or is not bothered by it is a raving lunatic or bumbling racist.

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