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RedskinRat 01-11-2013 10:46 AM

Name Change.......again.
 
It must be the offseason as this comes up with monotonous regularity:

[URL="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/09/redskins-name-change-vincent-gray_n_2443004.html"]Redskins Name Change Discussion Necessary, Says D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray[/URL]

[I]“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,” Gray said, [URL="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/mike-debonis/wp/2013/01/09/redskins-name-change-should-be-discussed-vincent-gray-says/"]according to the Washington Post[/URL]. "I think it has become a lightning rod, and I would be love to be able to sit down with the team … and see if a change should be made. There’s a precedent for this, and I think there needs to be a dispassionate discussion about this, and do the right thing.”
[/I]
Amusingly, the article sets up the argument thus:

[I]For decades, the team name has been a controversial issue. Some call the "Redskins" moniker nothing short of a racial slur. Others argue that the team's name, [URL="http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2009/1116/p02s07-usju.html"]which dates back to the 1930s[/URL], is tradition and does not need to be changed.
[/I]
So "[I]It's racist[/I]" is countered by the equivalent of "[I]We don't care[/I]".

Alvin Walton 01-11-2013 11:41 AM

Re: Name Change.......again.
 
Vincent Gray can eat the fuzzies outa my butt crack.

Daseal 01-11-2013 02:05 PM

Re: Name Change.......again.
 
[quote=RedskinRat;987681]It must be the offseason as this comes up with monotonous regularity:

[URL="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/09/redskins-name-change-vincent-gray_n_2443004.html"]Redskins Name Change Discussion Necessary, Says D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray[/URL]

[I]“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,” Gray said, [URL="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/mike-debonis/wp/2013/01/09/redskins-name-change-should-be-discussed-vincent-gray-says/"]according to the Washington Post[/URL]. "I think it has become a lightning rod, and I would be love to be able to sit down with the team … and see if a change should be made. There’s a precedent for this, and I think there needs to be a dispassionate discussion about this, and do the right thing.”
[/I]
Amusingly, the article sets up the argument thus:

[I]For decades, the team name has been a controversial issue. Some call the "Redskins" moniker nothing short of a racial slur. Others argue that the team's name, [URL="http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Justice/2009/1116/p02s07-usju.html"]which dates back to the 1930s[/URL], is tradition and does not need to be changed.
[/I]
[B]So "[I]It's racist[/I]" is countered by the equivalent of "[I]We don't care[/I]".[/B][/quote]

Comes down to context. It wasn't a racist term when the team was founded. The team has spent billions in marketing, brand management, etc based on the name. That's a large investment to give up because a handful of people are upset by the name.

But quite honestly, I don't care. I've never once said "Redskins" in a way where I in the least considered it a slight or an insult to a race. If I had to choose between going to Maryland (which is something I really hate regardless of the reason) for a Redskins game and DC for a Washington Warriors game... give me PG county...

HailGreen28 01-11-2013 03:57 PM

Re: Name Change.......again.
 
It wasn't a racist name when founded, it wasn't when it was chosen as a name for people to root FOR, it isn't now except by the same small number of people who want to ban it. :doh:

Lovely article, when only one side's arguments are honestly reported.

Gtothearry 01-12-2013 07:59 AM

The name was chosen to honor rather than degrade. I wish these handful of people would quit making a fuss about nothing. It gets old hearing this same discussion every year which never garners any real support.

los panda 01-17-2013 03:37 PM

Re: Name Change.......again.
 
it worked for academi...

irish 07-23-2013 07:10 AM

Re: Name Change.......again.
 
It looks like Art Monk and Darryl Green think the name should be changed since it offensive to others. I heard them speaking about it on WTOP driving into the office this morning.


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