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Old 10-03-2012, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Indianapolis
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In short, it's well documented that I am a Washington Redskins fan. Over the last few years, there has been a lot of talk about the name being offensive which I totally understand but I never even thought about it that way...It's a football team from my hometown, it's the Redskins, no big deal.

But within the last week, there was an article in the Kansas City Star about this issue and there has been a lot of chatter about this on Sports Talk radio shows among other places, so I started to really think about it and researched the word and found all kinds of history behind it. I'm really starting to feel that it is offensive! I'm even feeling a little wierd having a license plate on my car that reads "Redskins" with the team logo! I am just starting to feel like it has such a brutal, negative meaning that goes WAY beyond football.......

What are you thoughts? Anyone else offended by this?
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Old 10-03-2012, 02:53 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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I am not offended, but I am not Native American.
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Old 10-03-2012, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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No. I am not offended. In general, unless there is an intention to offend, I am not offended. This is true if I hear an ethnic joke about my own ethnicity. I can tell if someone is trying to offend me. If the purpose of an ethnic joke is to get laughs, it doesn't bother me.
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Old 10-03-2012, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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I think the original use of the word was meant to be disparaging in nature and that the word is offensive. I retain my right to be offended no matter if I'm NA or not, makes no difference...just the same as I would be offended by hearing any other derogatory racial slur.

Redskins, Sambos, and Whities Racism in Sports Mascots Change From Within
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Old 10-03-2012, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Born & Raised DC > Carolinas > Seattle > Denver
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Nope. Go skins.
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Old 10-03-2012, 03:28 PM
 
Location: Cook County
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I'm very rarely 'offended' like other people are, so to answer your question from my POV, the answer is no. However, I am surprised that the name has not changed over the years, as it just strikes me as poor taste. If it were a tribe (ex/ the fighting Illini) you could make an arguement (a flimsy one) that it is an homage. However, with a word like 'redskin' you can't even say that.
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Old 10-03-2012, 06:22 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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I'm not offended nor do I believe that was the intent when the team was named. For what it's worth I've seen Native Americans wearing Redskins swag here in Arizona.
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Old 10-03-2012, 06:56 PM
 
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Not as offensive as the name Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

That offends me to my very core.
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:04 PM
 
Location: NJ
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People are offended way too easily these days.
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:09 PM
 
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It is a horribly racist nickname. I would bet you if they were called the Washington Negroes or the Wetbacks or the Crackers that nickname would have been revoked years ago.
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