@WashingtonPost’s @Milbank Drops N-Word & Other Racial Slurs In Anti Washington @Redskin Team Name Column
WaPo’s pale face columnist Dana Milbank: ‘Redskins is sooooo offensive allow me to drop the N bomb and other racially charged racial epithets to illustrate –just how offensive it is.’
NEW YORK –- Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank on Tuesday weighed in on the controversy over Washington’s football team continuing to use the name “Redskins,” despite criticism that the term is insensitive to Native Americans.
Milbank used racially charged language to explain why he thinks the team’s name is problematic.
To see whether it’s right to use ‘Redskins’ as a mascot, NFL owners gathering in Georgetown on Tuesday for their fall meeting should substitute some other common racial epithets and see how they would sound: The Washington Wetbacks? The Houston Hymies? The Chicago Chinks? Or perhaps the New York Niggers? That would be enough to send anybody to the shotgun formation.
But that provocative part of Milbank’s column only appeared online, with the print version reading as follows:
To see whether it’s right to use ‘Redskins’ as a mascot, NFL owners gathering in Georgetown on Tuesday for their fall meeting should substitute some other common racial epithets for Hispanics, African Americans, Asians and Jews and see how they would sound. That would be enough to send anybody to the shotgun formation.
Rich Lowry nails it:
No one picks a team name as a means of disparagement. San Francisco didn’t choose the name “49ers” because it wanted to mock the foolish desperation of people panning for gold in the mid-19th century. Dallas didn’t pick the name “Cowboys” to highlight the gunslinging violence of life on the American frontier.
Team nicknames and logos invariably denote fierceness and strength, which in the context of the NFL are very good things.
Yes, the name “Redskins” is an anachronism, but it is a harmless one. It isn’t meant as a statement of how people should refer to Native Americans, nor would any rational person take it as such. A team nickname is a highly stylized symbol utterly removed from reality.
Are we supposed to believe that the team’s cheerleaders are popularly known as the Redskinettes because that’s what people think Native Americans called their women?
For the win!
(citycountryguy1) –They should have a new name. I’m suggesting the “Washington Possums” because they get killed on the road and play dead at home……