The use of Redskins as the mascot for Washington’s football team is racist and offensive. It has been debated countless times over–especially in the last year or so–but there is no real debate to be had. It is an offensive and hurtful term that has no place in the world–let alone as the nickname of a football team in the nation’s capital.
Ask anyone who supports the nickname if they would walk up to a Native American and call them a “redskin” to their face. Those people would most likely tell you no, and that’s all you need to know about whether or not it’s offensive to use the word as a nickname. If you don’t feel comfortable using the word in front of the people it represents, then that’s a dead giveaway that the word is offensive!
This morning, U.S. Senators have taken the first step to getting rid of the nickname once and for all.
50 U.S. Senators have called for NFL to formally endorse a name change of Redskins, saying racism & bigotry have no place in sports.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 22, 2014
This is a fantastic development, and I applaud the Senators who stood up against the name and the power the NFL wields in this country. Getting rid of the name has long been overdue, and I’m glad it’s finally on the way out.
Damn, U.S. Senators, stunt on them haters.