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Obama Pushes a Redskins Name Change — While He Uses Tomahawk Missiles and Apache Helicopters

October 16, 2013
Say what you want about President Obama, his sense of taste and sensitivity is matched by few in public office. Earlier this month in an interview with the Associated Press, President Obama said that if he were the owner of the Washington Redskins and he knew the name was “offending a sizable group of people,” then he would “think about changing it.”

Joining the president’s sentiments is NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who had previously shown support for the team’s mascot but has lately changed his tune a bit. During halftime of Sunday night’s broadcast of the Redskins-Cowboys game, sportscaster Bob Costas also weighed in, calling our capital’s team name “an insult, a slur, no matter how benign the present-day intent.”

I have been very critical of President Obama these last few years, but thankfully there is finally something that I can agree with him on! And due to the president’s progressive credentials, I hope that he will lead stubborn Redskins owner Dan Snyder by example.
By Westernerd | Robert Taylor spends his time writing, ranting, studying, protesting stupid wars, and advocating the virtues of economic and political freedom. He has written for multiple websites and dedicates himself to undermining the state's ability to initiate aggression against peaceful people. He blogs at www.alittlerebellion.typepad.com.

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You know what's offensive? Political party mascots.

an elephant and an ass.

Plus, the words 'republican' and 'democrat' conjur up memories of the nation's racist and bloody past.

I think it's time for a change.

Chris Indeedski!

Daily Paul cured my abibliophobia.

Ray Ciss O Bomb A


He'd better worry about how the drones are named


lest he get a visit from these guys.


I see where you are trying to go with this, but honestly, let's call it like it is. Would people be offended by the Washington Africans, or the Washington Blackskins. Probably both, but I'm thinking more the Blackskins.

Name changes

As a Greek, I'm very offended by the name "Trident" for a ballistic missile.

As an Irishman, I'm very offended by the mascot of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, that's a crass stereotype.

Blah, blah, blah...

This could go on until everything is named generic names like the Nantucket Mist.

Most black people here in

Most black people here in America share the last name of their ancestors slave master, should they change their name? Some would say yes, some would say no, but it's not your decision is it? It's the invidividual that should be absolute.

Isn't this a property rights

Isn't this a property rights issue?

Allow me to take this moment and say


Most of those who think so actually don't and most of those who think sew actually rip.

So what are some other good names for these weapons?

Reminds me of some of the recent military commercials seen of TV.

One was saying join "The force" for good.

An oxymoron, of course.

That said, I think they should rename the tomahawk, 'PeaceMaker.'

Has a nice [:)] sounding ring to it.....

Because: Some animals are more equal than other animals. -Animal Farm- What the? > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MTIwY3_-ks
Strike The Root: There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.

Neshaminy High School

Neshaminy High School Students Ban 'Redskins' From Newspaper, Get Sent To Principal
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — When a high school newspaper at a suburban Philadelphia football powerhouse decided the word "Redskins" had no place in its pages, the paper's student editors found themselves called to the principal's office.

The Playwickian editors started getting heat from school officials after an Oct. 27 editorial that barred the use of the word "Redskins" — the nickname of the teams at Neshaminy, a school named for the creek where the Lenape Indians once lived.

"Detractors will argue that the word is used with all due respect. But the offensiveness of a word cannot be judged by its intended meaning, but by how it is received," read the editorial backed by 14 of 21 staff members. (An equally well-written op-ed voiced the dissenting group's opinion.)

The ban comes as Native American activists and a few media outlets, along with President Barack Obama, challenge the moniker of Washington's NFL team, which visits Philadelphia on Sunday.

At Neshaminy — where the welcome sign sometimes reads: "Everybody do the Redskin Rumble" and the football team is 11-1 with a shot at its second state title— news editors had pledged to stop using the term "Redskins" as far back as 2001, but sometimes wavered. This year's staff decided to take it on full-force.


I've actually mentioned this before.

We have Apache and Chinook helicopters, and Tomahawk missiles. Nobody considers this an insult because it is recognized as ascribing a bad@$$ term to a bad@$$ weapon. It's a freaking COMPLIMENT to just how bad@$$ the natives were.

Thus we have sports team names like "Redskins," "Braves," and "Chiefs." It is a recognition of bad@$$ness, nothing more and nothing less.

Then there's also the fact that almost nobody ACTUALLY cares about it, as it's mostly just a bunch of angsty white people who worship an idealized and idiotic image of native Americans as, essentially, elves. Let's face it, that's how popular culture portrays them now, not bad@$$ bloodthirsty warrior cultures that regularly attempted to genocide their neighbors.

As part native myself

I've never liked the redskin name being used, but I'm perfectly fine with Braves, indians, etc.

Honestly, could you imagine a team being called the "blackskins" or the "yellowskins"?

Change the name to the washington natives, washington braves, washington indians, washington potomacs, keep the logo the same, and problem solved.

love them to

change it to white skins. Just to see how upset that makes people.

How about

Washington Redcoats!

" In Thee O Lord do I put my trust " ~ Psalm 31:1~

what about the Kansas City

what about the Kansas City Chiefs and the Atlanta Braves. whats the controversy on that . Well I am native American and I don't give a S@#%. Its a sport and so be it. If we really gave a shit we'd be the ones on the news complaining, not the white and black people. if someone has a problem with something they will say so. IF they don't, don't make it an issue.

Matthew 10:16


as part native, i'm fine with names like chiefs, indians, braves etc.

but "redskin" is still an insult. It would be like calling a team the blackskins, in honor of african americans. It just isn't right.

The Redsk*ns Moniker Monopolizes on Genocide Committed Against

In the Midwest, being Indian is a different story. I just got back from a 3 week stay in Pine Ridge S. Dakota. I was pulled over 4 times in 3 weeks. The police blotter in Rapid city is almost all Indian surnames...in a community where the majority is White..

The Redsk*ns Moniker Monopolizes on Genocide Committed Against Native Americans, by Danielle Miller
snippet: I’ve felt conflicted in the past because I see both sides of the issue. I used to be in support of Native mascots but after actually experiencing racism, my view changed. I never experienced racism until moving out to the Midwest, and I can tell you racism is alive and well.
The name perpetuates Natives as a monolith, erasing different tribes, respect and presence of Native Americans in modern discourse. Anyone educated about Native Americans can see the probable causal effects that result from the stereotypes. Not being taken seriously contributes to “bigger problems” that have been brought up to deflect conversation. Regardless of what “bigger problems” we have it doesn’t mean we don’t have the ability to be proactive in handling different issues. It also doesn’t change the fact that we have the right to an opinion against racism and being dehumanized.
Native Americans have been dehumanized since conquistadors coined the term “savage”. Just as the U.S. military dehumanized their enemies with terms like “gooks” and “japs” to justify fighting war, Natives were dehumanized to be red skinned, savage, devil worshippers as justifications for atrocities committed. The U.S. has clung to racist depictions of Native Americans so long it could be argued that these depictions justify cultural imperialism and play out as subconscious control mechanisms against the threat of inherent tribal sovereignty.

Are "apache" and "tomahawk"

Are "apache" and "tomahawk" pejorative terms?

is redskin?

i eat "Redskin" potatoes.. is that pejorative? is blackskins and whiteskins pejorative? doubtful. they are adjectives describing the color of skin... is whitehead and blackhead pejorative? is Redman pejorative? the whole thing is ridiculous.

I use Blue Wave, but don't expect one of THEIR silly taglines.

REDskin potatoes is not

REDskin potatoes is not pejorative talking about potatoes. If native Americans object to the term "redskins"...then cease and desist. Why are they called "redskins" anyway? I always thought of their race as caucasion. I notice you don't mention apache or tomahawk so therefore the hotspot is Redskins as a controversial reference to native Americans. I don't think we want to call a Syrian soccer team "the ragheads" either. It's time to move on.

They should not change the name if they do not want to.

It may be the politically correct thing to do, but no one (especially the gov't) should be forcing the team to change their name.

Is the fans and the state pressure the owners enough, then the owners may prudently decide to change the name, but to say this organization should be forced to change it sounds too much like what we already have too much of...

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Just a thought

Maybe we should change the name of Washington.

Arnold and Iscariot comes to mind.

How about...the Washington Tyrants?

"Tyrants" is a good mascot name isn't it?

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

On A Scale Of 1 To 10.....

.... I give that idea an 11!

Ed Rombach

OMG that's perfect!

OMG that's perfect!


So it's OK to use Indian names on killing machines...

...but not on harmless sports teams. Hmmmm.

Is this the height of hypocracy?

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

The name of the team should reflect the town in which it


There are few if any Redskins in Washington, DC so I agree the name should be changed.

Some suggestions might be the Washington sociopaths, the Washington liars, the Washington thugs, the Washington slime, the Washington fascists, or the Washington masters.

"Bend over and grab your ankles" should be etched in stone at the entrance to every government building and every government office.

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As I mentioned on another thread...

The Redskins should change their name.

Drop the title "Washington", it's an embarrassment!

"Redskins" Should Change Their Name to "Savages"

...in remembrance of the burned villages, raped women, and orphaned children carried off into slavery by the innocent kindhearted and nature loving indigenous victim rabbits of North America, who refused to embrace the multicultural diversity introduced by "immigrating" Europeans. Oh wait, I forgot, it was White rabbits that invented war and slavery and all the evil stuff. my bad