This week the Dallas Cowboys will host the Washington Redskins. I’m not even going to mince words here, I can’t stand the Redskins. I pretty much despise just about everything about them. My dream was to play in the NFL. I would have bypassed that dream if the only team that wanted me was the Redskins. Some people find that statement to be silly. That is their right. I could not under any circumstance play for a team that I feel clings to its racist roots. Quite frankly I wish NFL players would take a public stance against their mascot name.
Believe me when I say that I know my opinion on this topic is not the popular opinion. I know there are Cowboys fans who disagree with me, and I know how much Redskins fans do as well. That is their right, I am merely exercising mine as well. I was an English Major in college, and I often find myself gravitating to the Dictionary and the etymology or source of a word to form some of my opinions. I have done this regarding the word redskin. No matter which Dictionary you choose to look up this word you will find that it is considered a pejorative word or insult. If you look up the origin of the word it plainly indicates that this word was meant to be be a descriptor of a person’s race of color.
Let me put it to you this way. If there had never been a team in the District of Columbia and they were getting an expansion team, there is no way on this earth that the mascot name Redskins would be allowed and accepted. This is especially true in our Nation’s capital. Can you imagine the backlash if this was tried today? However, since this mascot name was chosen in 1933, when blatant racism was still tolerated, and has been used for 81 seasons of NFL football and come to represent the football team more than the intended slight, people have become accepting of it. In other words, the football team has changed the intent of the word.
Now, some people may find this to be a positive thing. Again, that is their right. I find it to be a sad commentary on society. Kind of like how people think that it is okay to classify any woman as a ho, or worse. We have become callous and indifferent to it, so it is acceptable? Thanks, but no thanks. I’ve had people tell me that all their lives they’ve been called one offensive name or another, and that they have accepted it. My question to them is why have you accepted what you know was intended as an insult, and how does that make other insults also acceptable?