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Native American Group Pretty Much Nails It With This Hats Graphic

Letter to season ticket holders from the owner of the San Francisco Chinamen:

To those who want to change the name of this proud, storied pro sports franchise, all I can say is San Francisco Chinamen Forever! As the proud owner of this team, I just want to assure our fans that we will never change the nickname “Chinamen”. Some people are saying that the name is a racist slur, used to degrade an entire group of people. But nothing could be further from the truth! The name comes from a proud tradition of the men who worked tirelessly to construct the Transcontinental Railroad, who worked in the Gold Rush camps and helped build San Francisco. And it’s a nod to the Chinese women who were transported here to serve as prostitutes and cleaning women, often with no pay, or sometimes food.

Sure, the Exclusion Act of 1882 barred Chinese from emigrating to the U.S., and prevented naturalization to those who were already here (and was not officially repealed until 1943). And yes, there were various acts of violence toward the Chinese. But they were gentle acts of violence, filled with admiration. That is why today we celebrate these fine people with the logo you see above.

Have we become so politically correct that we can’t admire our cultural past with a team nickname? The “Chinamen” name has been a tradition in San Francisco — and in David Carradine “Kung Fu” reruns — for 70 years. It would be a crime to change it now.

Besides, recent 2009 polls have shown that 75 percent of the Chinese community have no problem with the name. Sure, nearly all of those polled live in China, don’t speak English, and have never seen the logo. But statistics never lie, especially when hand-picked and conducted when everyone used flip phones.

In conclusion, please be sure to attend our annual Laundry Night, when the Chinamen will give out coupons for free laundry service or dry cleaning to the first 1,000 fans who enter Cultural Insensitivity Park. It’s the first game with our division rivals, the New York Jews; and you just may be one of the lucky fans who get a special prize from our Yarmulke Cannon! And remember, Go Chinamen!


The graphic you see here may look like something out of The Onion, but it is dead serious. The National Congress of American Indians has produced an image putting the racially-charged stereotypes of sports organizations into a pretty simple context.

No one would ever think to call a New York sports franchise “The Jews” and make its logo a giant smiling face of a man with dark hair and wearing a kippah. The same goes for a “Chinamen” team in San Francisco.

So why is it alright for the Major League baseball team in Cleveland to call itself the “Indians?”

READ: Dan Snyder’s Main Argument About Keeping The ‘Redskins’ Name Is Sentimental BS [SportsGrid]

  • ching chong ding dong

    I would totally buy a chinamen hat, that is awesome

  • BLD

    What about college football? Should we brace for a campaign against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, because it promotes the image of the drunken, brawling Irishman? Without any context, I can see how the name “Redskins” could be viewed as offensive. A history of the name and how it came to be, however, seems to indicate no racist intent or ill will, for what that’s worth. I’m part American Indian on my dad’s side, and I am not offended by the term “Redskins,” but then again, lots of people mistakenly think I’m Italian, only with less body hair. What’s really offense about the Washington Redskins name is the “Washington” part, because our nation’s dysfunctional capital can’t seem to get anything done at the moment.

  • anon

    wow, well said

    the media would lead you to believe that every single person on this earth with any ties to the native Americans is offended by the Redskins name. it’s dependent on individual opinion, but it is certainly not the consensus or majority stance on the topic

  • Armando Reynoso

    They should have named them The San Francisco Slants

  • Mo

    Absolutely no reason to be offended…and I’m 1/4th Native American (Mohawk).

  • Beel

    They’re not called the Washington “Native Americans” any more than the “Fighting Irish” are called “Fighting Paddies” or “Green N*ggers” – and nobody buys your shite that “redskin” had no racist intent or that you are part “Indian.” Sheesh.

  • Beel

    That’s 1/4 redskin to you, buddy. Then again, it doesn’t take any part African American for me to realize “blackskin” would probably not be a good word to use in polite company, let alone name a team.

  • Jerry Baustian

    I guess that news story I read yesterday was a bit premature. I heard the Washington Redskins were going to change the name to the Maryland Redskins.

  • Phoenix Jet

    Well they all look happy.

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