Given that 79% of Americans do NOT want the Washington Redskins to change their name, this smells of bias. As I have stated before, I personally have no problem with the name but for me, the logo could go and I think that would quiet some of the critics.
This is the last Slate article that will refer to the Washington NFL team as the Redskins. For decades, American Indian activists and others have been asking, urging, and haranguing the Washington Redskins to ditch their nickname, calling it a racist slur and an insult to Indians.
They have collected historical and cultural examples of the use of redskin as a pejorative and twice sued to void the Redskins trademark, arguing that the name cannot be legally protected because it’s a slur. (A ruling on the second suit is expected soon; the first failed for technical reasons.) A group in the House of Representatives also recently introduced a bill to void the trademark.
- Washington Redskins nickname: Why Slate will stop referring to the NFL team as the Redskins. – Slate Magazine (mbcalyn.com)
- Slate magazine: We won’t refer to Redskins any more (washingtontimes.com)
- ‘Self-congratulatory sanctimony?’ Slate draws mockery for calling the Redskins the Washington [redacted] (twitchy.com)
- Slate Pitches: Online Magazine Confirms Your Bias With Noble Stand Against Washington Redskins’ Name (mediaite.com)
- “Effective immediately, Slate will no longer refer to Washington’s NFL team as the Redskins. Well, after this time; we had to mention the name so you knew what we were talking about. Redskins, you see, is a racist archaic term” [PSA] (fark.com)