On Oct. 13, Bob Costas called to action the offensiveness of the Washington Redskins team name on during halftime on the Sunday Night Football game.
In America, we are infatuated with our sports teams. Sports are an American tradition. However, a growing controversy has been the name of some sport teams referring to Native Americans.
In the NFL, the name Washington Redskins has opened the door to talk about the derogatory name. When the name was bestowed among this team, they weren’t trying to be derogatory. However, “Redskins” is very stereotypical of Native Americans and can be an insult. We are in the 21st century and we still are bombarded with racial slurs. There needs to be change, formally with a name change.
On June 18, the U.S. Patent and Trademark office revoked Redskin’s trademark.
The Oneida Indian Nation finds the term “Redskins” to be very painful and hopes to explain this to Daniel Snyder, Washington Redskins owner. Snyder has been very active in defending the nickname. Back in May of 2013, he stated, “We will never change the name of the team.” The most important thing to understand is that Native Americans find it offensive.
Many other professional sport teams and college teams have had names referring to Native Americans. However, NCAA sport teams have changed their name. For example, Stanford used to be Indians, until a petition was signed to request a name change. Other schools such as Marquette formally changed their name from the Marquette Warriors to the Marquette Golden Eagles. In 2005, the NCAA established a policy to remove harmful “Indian” mascots.
The NFL isn’t the only one in the spotlight but also the MLB.
On June 24, Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry protested the Cleveland Indian at an Arizona Diamondbacks and Wednesday in Phoenix.
Some of the signs protesters were holding said “I am not your mascot.”
I think what irks me the most is that fans don’t mind it and act like Native Americans are crazy that they want change. Fans aren’t the ones offended.
Why are we allowing a racial slur to be used as a team’s name? We shouldn’t offend Native Americans nor any other race.