3 More News Outlets Quit Using Washingtons Pro Football Team Name
Posted in the Minneapolis Forum
#1 Aug 9, 2013
Amid growing controversy and a federal lawsuit involving the name of Washington D.C.s football team, which many, including me, consider racist and unnecessarily offensive to American Indians, three more news outlets have decided to ditch the name altogether. Slate, The New Republic, and Mother Jones this week joined publications like the Washington City Paper, DCist, the Kansas City Star, and Buffalo News columnist Tim Graham in refusing to print the name of the football team that calls the nations capital home.
Slates argument for making the change began with editor David Plotz going through the names relatively innocent history, noting that the term was appropriated from Native Americans themselves, and only over time evolved into a slur. The full etymology is a matter of debate, but evolve it did, to the point where it is now defined plainly as a slur. And appropriating racial descriptors as football team names seems neither a good idea nor one wed support today. Wed never allow an owner to choose such a name today and wed never argue that re-appropriating racial terms other minority groups use regularly was anything but offensive.
Setting the terms history aside, surely were smart enough to find better ways to honor a population that was nearly eradicated by the government than by naming a football team after them.
More at http://thinkprogress.org/sports/2013/08/09/24...
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