Aug 29, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Washington Redskins helmet during the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Washington Redskins defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30-12. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Gene Simmons speaks out against Redskins name

As the Washington Redskins continue to defend the team name, more and more people are coming out and speaking out against it. Most recently, Kiss rockstar Gene Simmons.

While Simmons commenting on the sports seems like an odd stretch, he is the owner of an arena football team. He also makes the point in an interesting way that not many have quite verbalized.

“As a Jew, I wouldn’t be thrilled as ‘The Kikes,’” Simmons said in an interview with Rolling Stone. “And if you’re black, you wouldn’t be thrilled with a football team called ‘The Blacks.’ I could use a worse word. Because ‘Redskins’ was what the white man called them. So I understand if you’re a sports fan and if you’re white, you go ‘Hey, what’s the problem? We have a long history.’ But if you’re an Indian, think about it. White dudes don’t have to worry about that stuff because [they] were always the majority in imperialist countries of the world. ‘Cracker’ means nothing to white people. They had all the money and the power.”

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