The Washington Redskins Keep Their Name… For Now

by Ryan on November 16, 2009

in Culture,Politics,Pop Culture,Sports

The Supreme Court has refused to hear an appeal from a 1992 case brought by Suzan Shown Harjo about the name of the Washington Redskins.  She and her fellows were upset that the team name and logo were offensive and wanted the franchise to change them.  While the lower courts have not made mention of the actual offensive nature of the team logo, the courts have inferred a statute-of-limitations concept, given that the team came into existence in 1967 and Harjo turned 18 in 1984, waiting almost 8 years to bring the case.  In other words, it should not have only been that offensive at the most expedient politically correct time.  The Supreme Court agrees.

As a tad American Indian myself (I can still trace back to the region and tribe), I have absolutely no problem with the name or logo. So, in the politically correct world of victimhood, my say actually matters then!  (Isn’t that how their “logic” works?) American Indian warriors and braves are a cool, respected icon in the macro-culture.  I think it’s a compliment which helps keep the noble aspects of American Indian culture alive in today’s world.

What’s truly offensive is the team’s performance this season, which would do more than any legal case to bolster a name change!

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Chris November 16, 2009 at 11:48 pm

Changing the name of the Washington REDSKINS will tick off the fans more than their performance on the field this year, their Zorn mistake, Snyder mistake and lack of a quarterback who is actually good (I’m a GIANTS fan…couldn’t resist). There is a lot of tradition surrounding this franchise (“Hail to the REDSKINS” and the “REDSKINS Marching Band” to name a couple) and I don’t predict a name change for this Washington team.

The NBA team will always be the Washington Bullets to me.


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