Honor the heritage

Reach out before sacrificing sports mascots on altar of political correctness

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If some people have their way, mainstream society will just have to erase any reference to American Indian names, images or lore.

What a horrible shame such a purge would be. It is only because cities, counties and other things are named after tribes and tribal members that we know of them today.

Every now and then – as in every fall – the use of Indian references in team names becomes an issue again. Every year, another team drops an Indian logo or mascot.

The hot thing right now is to go after the professional Washington Redskins football team name. President Obama gave the debate further steam by suggesting the name should be changed, as has NBC broadcaster Bob Costas.

We don’t buy that this is a huge issue with most folks. But it must be said that, of all the Indian team nicknames left out there, “Redskins” is easily the most likely to offend.

In most other cases, however, we’d hate to see Indian names and references dropped willy-nilly at the first sign of politically correct pressure.

Fact is, American Indian heritage can be honored and furthered, and the colorful, romantic images can still be of use to sports teams. Florida State’s teams, known as the Seminoles, are a prime example. The school and tribe have such a good relationship that even the NCAA had to swallow its politically correct instincts and get out of the way.

Other schools and teams with Indian mascots and names should follow the example in Tallahassee and reach out – to make sure that their attempts to honor Indian culture are seen as such, and not as insults.

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palmetto1008
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palmetto1008 10/18/13 - 05:32 am
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I suppose one could argue
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I suppose one could argue that the American Indians were certainly the losers in the European invasion of the "New World" with lingering effects on the culture even today. Perhaps a better name for a winning team would be the "Whiteskin Genociders."

myfather15
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myfather15 10/18/13 - 06:08 am
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If a new NFL franchise

If a new NFL franchise decides to name it's team the Wyoming White eyes, I will not be offended!! This was a term American Indians commonly used for white people. I don't find it offensive and anyone who does should grow some thick skin!! People like this make you dispise them with their politically correct non-sense!!

Maybe every single sports team named after American Indians should change their name!! Let's just completely forget they exist!! Let's not HONOR, nor offend them; so have no teams named after them!! Try a little reverse psychology!!

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Bodhisattva 10/18/13 - 06:33 am
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I have no problem with the

I have no problem with the Braves, the Chiefs, the Seminoles, or names like that. I find them no way offensive. Redskins, however, is a different story. There's a big difference when you use a derogatory term for a team name.

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soapy_725 10/18/13 - 08:08 am
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Sticks and stones...... But PC will be the death of us all.
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Sticks and stones...... But PC will be the death of us all.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/18/13 - 08:13 am
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Name calling? How about genocide? How about ethnic cleansing?
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How about broken treaties? Stolen lands? Rape and butchering? How about reservations? Reservations in the 21 century? In America? Government designed "ghettos" exist in Christian America. BS to the heart felt concern for the real Americans. BS to the Christian America.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/18/13 - 08:14 am
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Concern for name calling? No concern for the diabetes epidemic.
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Concern for name calling? No concern for the diabetes epidemic.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 10/18/13 - 08:16 am
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Thought alcohol would elimnate them. Turns out it is 2ltr sodas
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and starch diets. Wafer board huts. Total destruction of the individual self worth.

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avidreader 10/18/13 - 08:38 am
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How About This?

Nabisco's world headquarters is in East Hanover, NJ. In appreciation for their many years of community support, the new high school tags it's sports' programs as the CRACKERS. The African-American community is livid. The White community is insulted. The quickly rising Hispanic community considers it a novel idea. The powers-that-be say shut up and live with it.

Mr. Obama is confused! What's in a name? The school's tag gets changed to the "Roses". Everybody's happy, except for the Primitive Baptists who see red as the color of sinful toil. Amen!

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Dixieman 10/19/13 - 03:39 pm
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Change the name, but not that way

The connotations of this team's name reflect some of the worst aspects of contemporary American society. The name is deeply offensive to so many true Americans. Its disrespect and scorn for our country should not be allowed to continue. Just imagine how ashamed and insulted the players and fans must feel to be associated with such a negative word!

Yes, clearly the time has come to remove the word "Washington" from the team's name.

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deestafford 10/18/13 - 09:33 am
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The majority of true Indians, not the activists, support having

the name Redskins and are not offended. If I were an Indian I would be offended by the name, "Washington Redskins" but I would be offended with the "Washington" part because of its bad connotation. Check polls of Indians outside of Washington bubble influence and you will find support for the name.

What I find offensive is when Obama says in an interview if "One person is offended we should change it." First, when do we have a right not to be offended by something. Then, we are to make a decision because ONE person is offended?

I still support my "blow fly" theory: there are people who like blow flies go from one pile of excrement to another, land on it, lay maggot eggs which come alive to keep things stirred up, and then go to another piles to repeat the procedure in order to perpetuate the species.

deestafford
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deestafford 10/18/13 - 09:35 am
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Keep in mind that "political correctness" is just another name

for one of the first things dictators do when they take over a country to stifle the people's freedom of expression.

deestafford
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deestafford 10/18/13 - 09:44 am
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By the way, I'm a Georgia Cracker and proud of it.

Cracker has been the nickname of Georgians for over a hundred years just as "Sandlapper" has been for a native South Carolinian. As many know, the Atlanta minor league baseball team was called the "Atlanta Crackers.''

Now where did the term "Cracker" come from? Back during the mule and wagon days when goods were transported by wagon the drivers would crack their whips over the heads of the mules to keep them going. Down in northern Florida when the people would hear a crack coming down the road from a mule driver delivering goods from Georgia they would say, "Here comes the Georgia cracker". So, the term refers to a hard working individual and not same racist as the left has tried to portray. I think it was Jessie Jackson who started the negative connotation of the term.

The term "Red neck" is not offensive to me either. It came about to refer to a hard working person who got the back of the neck red from working hard in the fields under the hot sun.

So, let the left throw out there terms which they ignorantly think are derogatory...I wear them with pride.

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KSL 10/18/13 - 06:21 pm
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Darby
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Darby 10/18/13 - 08:36 pm
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"If a new NFL franchise decides to name it's team the Wyoming

White eyes, I will not be offended!!"

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Me either, although I'd prefer the Wyoming Palefaces, wouldn't you?

Darby
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Darby 10/18/13 - 08:38 pm
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"Yes, it is clear that the time has come to remove the word

"Washington" from the team's name."

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Dixieman - I really hate to admit it, but I didn't see that one coming. Had to give you a thumbs up for that.

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 10/18/13 - 09:11 pm
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Trust me, if they win their

Trust me, if they win their games, the name will become a secondary concern. I would settle for the Washington "Winners."

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Bizkit 10/18/13 - 09:27 pm
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I am of Irish descent and am

I am of Irish descent and am highly offended by Notre Dame and the Fighting Irish. Oh wait I'm Scottish. Forget about it. The Native Indians just need to suck it up-it ain't copyrighted. So because American is the land of the free you can name your team the St. Louis Browns for fifty years. Oh no it has Brown in it-it must be racist. I don't know indian names sound better than bird names-cardinals, orioles, vultures.

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