Sunday, January 13, 2013

Washington mayor calls for city's Redskins team to change their name as it's offensive to Native Americans

Mayor trying to upend a Supreme Court decision

The mayor of Washington D.C. is demanding that the city’s major football team, the Washington Redskins, change its name as it is offensive to Native Americans.

Mayor Vincent Gray said if the team wants to move from its current playing field outside the capital inside the borders of the District of Columbia they need to consider a new moniker.

The word ‘redskin’ is considered a racial slur against Native Americans and the name has seen the football team face decades of legal battles.

A legal case against the club’s name was filed in 1992 by a group of Native Americans headed by Dr Susan Shown Harjo, founder of the National Museum of the American Indian.

Although lower courts held up that the word ‘redskin’ was an offensive term towards Native Americans the case was thrown out by the Supreme court in 2009.

‘The term ‘redskins’ is the most vile and offensive term used to describe Native Americans,’ Dr Harjo told the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs in 2011.


SCOTUS threw out the case because the name was of long standing.  The Redskins orginally got that name  in honor of their head coach, William "Lone Star" Dietz, a Native American.


Anonymous said...

Life long DC area resident here, life long skins fan as well, and the only reason why Gray is doing this is to diflect attention from his legal problems. He was originally elected basically as a referendum on whites becoming a majority in DC. Whites supported Fenty, blacks supported Gray. he ran as a marion barry type, but now that all the corruption has been revealed, his staffers thrown into jail and the attention is on him, he's trying to diflect and appeal to liberals by going hyper PC. He's just trying to save his skin.

Anonymous said...

It seems to me that I remember that the Redskins were originally in Boston a long time ago.

Anonymous said...

From the article:

‘I think that if they get serious with the team coming back to Washington, there's no doubt there's going to have to be a discussion about that,'' he told a news conference on Wednesday.

‘I think it has become a lightning rod, and I would love to be able to sit down with the team and see if a change should be made.'

Mr Gray added: There's a precedent for this, and I think there needs to be a dispassionate discussion about this, and do the right thing.’

Once again, we see that a "discussion" is actually a lecture on what some official demands be done.

Anonymous said...

The PC limp wristers are hoping RG3 can get the name changed, but they attacked him for liking white women and possibly being a republican.

Bird of Paradise said...

Whens this PC nonsense ever going to end?

Anonymous said...

"Beware of those who cry racism, for they are the true racists..."

Anonymous said...

The fruits of liberalism. F unny watching libs commenting on it, they even excuse such bad behavior and want to make people even more dependent on handouts as a result. All for a feel good moment. Liberals are pathetic, limp wristed pansies who buy votes with other people's money, and are intolerant bigots who ban everything they don't approve of. Please let something worse than AIDS come by to thin out their ranks.

Anonymous said...

BRAVO 8:59!!

Go Away Bird said...

I guess the mayor is upset becuase their not going to the super bowl this year SPOILED LITTLE ELETISTS BRAT

Anonymous said...

Change the name to the "Washington Tyranny." Problem solved.