Friday, May 23, 2014

Wash your hands of it, Washington

The NFL may have just inadvertently admitted that "Redskins" is a racist name. And it did so while going out of its way to not do that.

This week, dozens of Senate Democrats made a united plea to the NFL to change the mascot of the Washington Redskins. The league quickly responded with the expected courage-strong talk. But then there was this peculiar statement:

"The name is not used by the team or the NFL in any other context, though we respect those that view it differently."

I could be wrong here, but it sounds like they're saying the name is OK because they don't say it a lot, and/or they don't mean it in a bad way. If that's the case, isn't that an indictment of the term? Words that are universally acceptable don't have to be qualified like that. If you're parsing any term as much as "Redskins" has been lately, then it's time to retire it.

Change the name.

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