The NFL has implemented a rule which penalizes players for calling each other the N-word. They say it’s the right thing to do. Okay. But they, and the suits over at the Washington Redskins don’t see anything wrong with using “Redskin” as the name of their own football team.
Never mind the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has declared that the term “Redskin” is derogatory and Native Americans say it is offensive to them, the NFL and Washington Redskin’s powers that be continue with this “What What?” attitude when called on the carpet about this.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell
“The Washington Redskins name has … from its origin represented a positive meaning distinct from any disparagement that could be viewed in some other context,” Goodell wrote. “For the team’s million of fans and customers, who represent one of America’s most ethnically and geographically diverse fan bases, the name is a unifying force that stands for strength, courage, pride and respect.”
“The name is a unifying force that stands for strength, courage, pride and respect.” Yeah, right. By issuing a statement like that all he’s done is shown us he has a snake oil salesman in him dying to get out. Now I’m not American Indian, but from what I read, seen, and heard, the term “Redskin” to most of them is right up there with what the word nigger is to most Blacks in regards to the level of offensiveness and degradation both terms evoke.
This “Oh no you can’t say that” reaction to “nigger” and “we don’t see anything wrong with saying and naming our team Redskins ” response from the league and the team has nothing to do with really caring about either term. It’s about money.
Instituting a policy forbidding players to say nigger came free, with some out of touch folks giving the league a thumbs up ” for addressing racism”. I’m not drinking the Kool Aide. Those dudes on the field are not going to stop saying or thinking the word and the NFL knows it.
On the Redskin issue; they’re fighting that one tooth and nail, because it’s going to cost millions to for them to stop offending American Indians by doing the right thing, and branding themselves with a new name and mascot.
To that I say; you’ve made billions off of the name, now maybe it’s time to pay the piper.