Let's Talk About the Redskin in the Room
December 03, 2019
The Best Bet Boys
In November of 1995 NBA’s Washington Bullets changed their name to the Washington Wizards. Owner Abe Pollin was responsible for the change citing the assassination of Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and the ongoing violence in Washington DC as the reason. He wanted to take a stand against violence, and he felt that having a basketball team called “The Bullets” in one of the most violent cities in America was a bad look…Uh, ya think? A lot of people might have thought the name change was silly at the time but you can definitely make the argument for it. Regardless, I personally think he could have come up with a better name than “The Wizards” for the basketball team representing our nation's capital. I guess Wizards are better than Bullets; a little lame but this is all fine and dandy.
Fast forward to 2019. We are tearing down monuments of people who we originally thought of as heroes of history, but who we can now see were responsible for immense pain and suffering. You know, people like confederate Civil War generals, Christopher Columbus, and Joe Paterno (oh wait they put that one back up). The NFL is also actively trying to keep its image clean for the more socially concerned fan (except for when it comes to beating women and children).
With all of this going on and the ever so sensitive “PC Culture” you would think that the NFL would take the low hanging fruit and do something about the overt racism that is right in front of us. However, Roger Goodell seems to be a bit preoccupied with a player on the IR that put a little money on a 3-team parlay. I mean let’s be real, the name “Washington Redskins” is the most obviously racist thing ever. People will make the argument that the name is meant to honor Native Americans. To those people I say put it in a different context, would you ever call a Native American a redskin to their face? Absolutely not, you’d get a tomahawk to the chops, but if you answered yes, then you are most likely the crazy relative that ruins Thanksgiving dinner every year.
What about Hall of Famer Jim Thorpe, one of football’s most respected legends and a Native American? In college football, the Jim Thorpe Award is given to the best defensive back in the country. Does anybody within the NFL actually feel comfortable knowing that they are promoting racism and putting-down someone who has made such a large impact on the history of football?
This issue is at the top of the list of reasons why Dan Snyder is one of the most inept owners in professional sports. Snyder needs to either sell the team or at the very least change the team name.
But until then… Hail to the R-Words!