Here’s What ‘Redskin’ Honors: ‘White Men Who Raped And Killed Men, Women And Children For Money’
The Washington Football Team has a problem beyond its starting quarterback situation. Its team name -- which we don't use on this site -- is a racial slur, no matter how many times owner Daniel Snyder and company contend otherwise. It's not an "honorable" term, and National Congress of American Indians president Brian Cladoosby did an incredible job of making that clear on C-SPAN this week.
Cladoosby was shown advertisements by both pro-and-anti-Redskins name groups (including Redskins Facts, the astroturf group) before being asked for his view on the name. Cladoosby stressed that education on this subject was critical, because the name "Redskin" does not honor Native Americans -- its history is much too brutal and horrifying. Watch:
"From the Daily Republican, Thursday evening, September 24th, 1863, it said the state reward for dead Indians has been increased to $200 for every redskin sent to purgatory. This sum is more than the dead bodies of all the Indians east of the Red River are worth...
Mr. Snyder, he says he is honoring me by that term. The only one that he is honoring are those white men that murdered and killed men, women and children in the 17-and-1800s so they could take those redskins and turn them in with their beaver skins and all the other things that they got money for."
A damning rebuttal of the "honor" argument, to say the least. He goes on to note that using this term at school or in the work place would be considered bullying or harassment. Why is it okay on a uniform?
Time to stop hiding behind polls and nostalgia and change the name, Snyder.
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