“Every major national Native American organization has declared that the name of the pro football team in our nation’s capital is the most offensive thing native peoples can be called in the English language and has called for it to be changed,” [Suzan Shown Harjo, a Cheyenne and Hodulgee Muscogee activist] said.added: Dave Zirin, also on-topic today: "In a league that’s 70 percent African-American yet couldn’t seem to find any coaches or executives of color to hire this off-season, the Redskins are also a reminder, as William Faulkner wrote, that 'The past is never dead. It’s not even past.'"
“It’s okay if others aren’t offended by it,” she added. “They should respect that we are offended and that this is something they can do something about — in our world where we can do little about most things, this is something we can actually do something to fix. They should care about it even a tiny bit because we care about it so much.”
Native Americans are not mascots or historical bygones to be imitated; they’re flesh-and-blood Americans, as much a part of the warp and weft of the living fabric of this country as George Washington or Thomas Jefferson.
Monday, February 11, 2013
"THE RED AND GOLD TEAM LED BY ROBERT GRIFFIN III": The WaPo's ombudsman has a few things to say:
Posted by Adam at 11:18 AM