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Old 11-01-2013, 11:37 AM   #271
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Smoot, exactly. Right now there are a lot of Minority groups that want to take away "stuff" from those in the majority. It seems to all be in the name of "fairness" or "equality" or whatever they want to call it. (In this case they are using the "I'm Offended" card.) The Majority should not have to cater to the Minority on everything. Especially private business related things. If the name Redskins offend you, then don't buy their merchandise or go to their games. Its entertainment. Maybe a theater show about homosexuals offends me,... easy enough solution, I won't attend. Do I think other people shouldn't attend? That's not for me to decide or take away from them.

If I want to go see a stand up comic who cusses with every other word and that offends you, then don't go. But don't take away my right to go.
Im of Irish heritage who wants to start the campaign to rid Notre Dame of the Fighting Irish mascot and name? It holds a negative connotation. Im offended.

Nice post scowan.
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Old 11-01-2013, 11:48 AM   #272
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Smoot, exactly. Right now there are a lot of Minority groups that want to take away "stuff" from those in the majority. It seems to all be in the name of "fairness" or "equality" or whatever they want to call it. (In this case they are using the "I'm Offended" card.) The Majority should not have to cater to the Minority on everything. Especially private business related things. If the name Redskins offend you, then don't buy their merchandise or go to their games. Its entertainment. Maybe a theater show about homosexuals offends me,... easy enough solution, I won't attend. Do I think other people shouldn't attend? That's not for me to decide or take away from them.

If I want to go see a stand up comic who cusses with every other word and that offends you, then don't go. But don't take away my right to go.
To be fair, Native Americans are not exactly like other minority groups. Other minority groups did not suffer having strangers show up, take their land away, and then enact government policies designed specifically to kill their cultures. The Native American experience is different from that of other minorities.
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This was posted before but it's worth posting again

Redskins name change not as easy as it sounds - ESPN

Pretty much sums up my views on the subject.
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To be fair, Native Americans are not exactly like other minority groups. Other minority groups did not suffer having strangers show up, take their land away, and then enact government policies designed specifically to kill their cultures. The Native American experience is different from that of other minorities.
I don't support the name change but, to add on what you're saying, an estimated 50 million to 100 million Native Americans were wiped out by the European colonization. Thanks, smallpox!

But I'd say that's a... pretty good reason to be butthurt.
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Agree, but at the same time there are a lot of people who support keeping the name who are making it about "me". "I don't care that you feel it offends your heritage, this is my football team, my team colors, my team history. Why are you taking that away from me?"
I can understand that in a way though. Hey, for a lot of us, there are great childhood memories associated with this team - especially a lot of us who grew up in the 80's. Changing the name almost feels as if we're erasing all of that history. Does it sound selfish? Absolutely. Is it wrong to think in those terms? Not at all. There's always this notion that words, over time, can bring about negative connotation, but nobody believes it can ever possibly be the other way around. I don't get that? Who made up that rule?
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I don't support the name change but, to add on what you're saying, an estimated 50 million to 100 million Native Americans were wiped out by the European colonization. Thanks, smallpox!

But I'd say that's a... pretty good reason to be butthurt.
yall are right, you know we should leave. Hello Canada!
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When Canadians travel abroad they like to represent their country in say the form of patches, etc on their backpacks. They want to be distinguished from Americans. Lol
Lets go to Mexico instead, plus the weather is nicer.
Cue James Taylor....
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yall are right, you know we should leave. Hello Canada!
I didn't mean that we should take it that far. But perhaps we should recognize that they might have a right to be upset and touchy about some things which for anyone else would just be whining.
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I didn't mean that we should take it that far. But perhaps we should recognize that they might have a right to be upset and touchy about some things which for anyone else would just be whining.
I think we should focus more on issues American Indians really still endure. I think we missing the point and Dan could be missing an opportunity to maybe turning this around into something positive. Skins could reach out with other teams with an indian mascot/name for a pow wow build an understanding and talk about some real issues. Then we could smoka the peace pipe (packed with medicinal).
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I think we should focus more on issues American Indians really still endure. I think we missing the point and Dan could be missing an opportunity to maybe turning this around into something positive. Skins could reach out with other teams with an indian mascot/name for a pow wow build an understanding and talk about some real issues. Then we could smoka the peace pipe (packed with medicinal).
I agree with this. Major problems faced by Native Americans include poverty and a lack of employment opportunities. Deep Pockets Danny could respond in a way which makes folks happy and grateful.
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I agree with this. Major problems faced by Native Americans include poverty and a lack of employment opportunities. Deep Pockets Danny could respond in a way which makes folks happy and grateful.
Id like to see an united effort with sports and American Indians, bring awareness, fund raising and real programs to help. Hell I bet you bring some Indians into fed ex for a game, those offended probably see a different side.
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Having mostly grown up on a reservation and seeing how it's changed over the last several decades I tend to believe the team name issue is just another ploy to get more money by the tribe in question. Over the last few years on the Flathead reservation, non tribal members started getting letters from the tribe that say all ground water (from wells, cisterns etc.) have "become the property of the tribe" and if you still want access to your own well, that may have been there for decades already, you must start sending payments to the tribe. No joke here. Some people are actually paying out of fear because the tribe is so litigious and aggressive. Others just say fuck off. And the smart ones are fighting it legally. So yeah, when I hear complaining about the name issue I think they see green, not red, so to speak.
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I think we should focus more on issues American Indians really still endure. I think we missing the point and Dan could be missing an opportunity to maybe turning this around into something positive. Skins could reach out with other teams with an indian mascot/name for a pow wow build an understanding and talk about some real issues. Then we could smoka the peace pipe (packed with medicinal).
Do you think people would take that as we are paying them to go away as opposed to something positive?
Edit: i happen to think it is a fantastic idea but people who just want to attack DS and the skins will twist it into something bad
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Id like to see an united effort with sports and American Indians, bring awareness, fund raising and real programs to help. Hell I bet you bring some Indians into fed ex for a game, those offended probably see a different side.
They will see how bad we are and take pity. Lol
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There are several different theories and accounts about where the term came from. Nowhere is it definitively stated that the new foundland tribe who painted their bodies red is the true origin. Not to mention, that settlers referring to native americans as "redskins", and this tribe referred to as the "red men" are two completely different things.
A Senior Linguist from the Smithsonian seems like a pretty credible source to me, especially since his research was extensive, thorough and took months to complete. The point I've tried to make is that this is a unique situation with no comparable equivalent and is hardly an open and shut case.

There is no "fuzziness" surrounding other "slurs" that people try to equate with the word "Redskin". There is no debate on their origin, no debate among the offended community on acceptability and no examples of the word being used the way Redskins is used by dozens of High Schools across the country, some of which are over 100 years old.

Changing an 80 year old brand name with millions of loyal customers is not a trivial thing, and it shouldn't surprise anyone when it doesn't happen immediately just because of heightened media attention.
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