The Racist Redskins

Sports and Society Administrator June 2, 2013 0

By Michael Tomasky
The Daily Beast | June 1, 2013

Tensions are heightening this week after members of Congress have publicly called for the Washington Redskins to change their name. This article illustrates some of the current issues and the history behind the name.

“You’ve been reading about this name lately. More and more people are calling for the team to change it. There is legislation in Congress, based on the fact that under trademark legislation passed in 1946, a corporate “mark” can’t be disparaging of a people or group. Snyder says he’ll change the name approximately never (“and you can put that in all caps”). Most Americans, and most Redskins fans, agree with him. But all that shows is that those Americans and fans don’t know the history. Snyder, presumably, does. He should be ashamed.”

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