Washington Redskins and 10 Teams That Could Be Forced to Change Their Names

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Team Names That Could be Changed After Washington Redskins

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The process of forcing the Washington Redskins to change their name has begun as the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the franchise’s trademark. Of course, this is just the beginning; a ton of other pro, college and even high school (there are approximately 60 high school teams in the U.S. that use “redskins” as mascots) may soon be forced to change their names as well. Here’s a look at the most notable 10.

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10. Chicago Blackhawks

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10. Chicago Blackhawks

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9. Atlanta Braves

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8. Cleveland Indians

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7. Florida State Seminoles

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6. Central Michigan Chippewas

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6. Central Michigan Chippewas

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5. Utah Utes

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4. Kansas City Chiefs

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3. Illinois Fighting Illini

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2. San Diego State Aztecs

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1. Edmonton Eskimos

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1. Edmonton Eskimos

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  • brian199511

    This is nonsense, the only disparaging name is Redskins.

    • SomeNerdontheInternet

      The Cleveland Indians should have changed that logo a long time ago.

      • VSanity

        The only offensive thing on that list is the Indians’ logo

      • Nolan Mercer

        They did. It’s just a C now.

    • http://www.wraith808.com/ wraith808

      To some ‘statistical’ 39% of those affected. You can probably find a similar number that think that *any* name is disparaging if you used an appropriate survey, and massaged the statistics enough. After all, there’s already been movement against the Braves forever…

      • eelektrik

        What annoys me about the Braves is their fans and that stupid racist chant they do over and over and over and over.

        • sapphire0828

          that “racist” chant isn’t racist at all!!! It came from when Deion Sanders was with the team and, because he went to a Florida college that has that same chant… the fans picked it up from that! What about the New York Yankees??? Is that racist to Northerners??? I’m part Cherokee Indian and I do NOT find any of the names or logos to be offensive….people need to grow up and realize there’s more important things in the world than an “offensive” name of high school, college and professional teams names!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          • eelektrik

            How does a college also using that chant make it not racist? That doesn’t logically follow.

          • sapphire0828

            because all this time, everyone is putting down the Braves as being a racist name….telling you where they got it from… a college that has used the name, logo and chant for no telling how many years. The names and the chant isn’t racist in my opinion. I’m saying there are many, many more things to be concerned with and that people should throw their support behind than the names of sports teams.

          • http://www.wraith808.com/ wraith808

            It does because the Seminoles have been given the right to use it by the Seminoles tribe, and the chant. And that same chant followed from the fact that Sanders was a Seminole. Perhaps they haven’t been given the same blessing by the tribe… but that’s a matter of communication and blessing, not of disrespect if it was used in one sanctioned place.

          • Ocho

            A chant of just “Ohhhh-ohhh-ohh-ohh-ohhh” isn’t racist. Annoying, yes, but not racist.

          • Larry E. Newsome

            Because you are an idiot Pinhead…you pinhead!

          • Brenda Andert

            Being “part” Cherokee doesn’t make you Cherokee….just saying. why people can’t see why the name which was used as a slur towards Native Americans is racist? Would you be ok with a team called the BlackSkins? I doubt it. Native American voices need to be heard, this should have be rectified years ago. And I don’t think not wanting to be verbally bullied is being “oversensitive” by the way I am “part” Cherokee also but that doesn’t mean my opinion counts as a true Native American.

          • Joel Welden-Smith

            Wah wah wah. Get over it already. In my city a lot more native americans ruin their image with their actions than any sports teams could.

          • http://www.freejeffreyhavard.org/ myloridarlin

            Yet we shouldn’t have a problem with BET or the Miss Black America pageant? Because the Miss White America pageant would go over so well. Oookay. Then let’s target sports teams. The name is not “racist” and has been the team name since they were in Boston before the team was ever moved to Washington. Which has been a very long time. People (of all races) need to get over it and worry about something that is actually of merit.

          • sapphire0828

            I may not be 100% Native American…but, I am VERY proud of my Cherokee heritage!!! And I’m saying that there are other more pressing concerns out there than this!!!

          • Larry E. Newsome

            Not trying to be racist here Brenda, but there is nothing cool about calling a team the “Blackskins”, No one wants to emulate or identify with any blackskins from Africa…now if you called a team the ‘Mau Maus’ the Ndongo or the ‘Wahtusi’s’ that might prove to be a bit racist and make some Afro/Americans kinda upset. But ‘Blackskins’ is not a good analogy.

          • Sam197859

            You mean a few “loud mouths” speak for a group? That is insane. There is more problems we should be dealing with than this nonsense. Grow the heck up. What is next? Banned everything that hurts everyone feelings? When will next nonsense end? It will never end.

          • Farva55

            You. Are. Stupid.

            Signed,

            The real human race

          • lareux

            If that’s the case, then anyone who isn’t 100% black cannot be offended by the N word. Right?

        • http://www.wraith808.com/ wraith808

          People keep using that word, racist. I don’t think it means what you think it means.

        • Joel Welden-Smith

          Oh god, another overly politically correct and incredibly sensitive idiot playing the racism card wherever and whenever even if it doesn’t fit.

        • fix

          that is pretty annoying.

    • Lsgh Darcangel

      hey yall cant have your cake and eat it too! yall want to make a big deal about 1 in a country with a track record of changing everything for everyone who is offended well this is where it leads. so get over it yall opened the door now prepare for the flood

      • http://www.freejeffreyhavard.org/ myloridarlin

        You, got that right. This is only the beginning…here we go…

  • Dr_Doughstax

    This is incorrect. Florida State, Central Michigan and Utah all have explicit permission from the respective tribes their teams are named after to use for their sports teams.

    But the rest of this still stands for the other teams.

  • mcamire

    Cracker Barrel should be on the list as well. As a white person I find that to be offensive. lol

    • Albert Hilse

      lol nicely done

  • Phil

    San Diego State Aztecs?! Are we going back in time to make sure they are not offended?

    • jabarri2

      even then, why would they be offended? are spartans added to the list too? aztecs were a wonderful culture, what’s so bad about having something named after them

  • Barry Blanchard

    The Central Michigan Chippewas chose the name to honor the Chippewa Indians located in their vicinity. The team refuses to field a mascot, to ensure that they do not offend the Chippewas Indian tribe. Originally nicknamed the Normalities, then the Dragons, the school decided upon honoring the Chippewas tribe and using their name as the school logo. Even the Central Michigan ‘C’ that adorns their helmet is designed to be neutral and inoffensive as possible. This slideshow is misleading and utterly nonsensical.

    • Maritimer1

      And it has the additional meaning when you use the nickname, “Chips”….since Mt. Pleasant is the home of the Snoring, er, Soaring Eagle Casino….also owned by the Chippewas.

  • Jon Comeaux

    There is no name more insulting than the Cleveland Indians… Indians.. Really? THEY ARE NATIVE AMERICANS, NOT INDIAN. Just makes Americans look like idiots.

    • Mk Ahlsen

      Yet, some Native Americans still proudly refer to themselves as “indians”.

    • Farva55

      boo-hoo

  • vonholland

    Washington broccoli is a good name

    • kurtkill

      I’m offended by broccoli. Actually it’s my colon that’s offended.

      • vonholland

        It was a bad idea anyway. :/

    • DUKER

      tERE ARE NO NAMES GOOD ENOUGH ANY MORE FOR EVERYONE BECAUSE SOME PEOPLE WOULD DISLIKE IT BECAUSE EVRYONE ELSE LIKED IT.IF YOU STAND ON A CORNER AND HAND OUT $10.00BILLS FOR FREE SOMEONE WOULD CHALENGE YOU OR SAY THEY WERE FONEY.SOE PEOPLE JUST LIKE MAKING WAVES. THEY SEEM TO GET THE NOTIRETTY.THERE IS NO WAY TO NOT OFEND SOMEONE IN THIS COUNTRY ANYMORE SO WE SHOULD TRY AND DO THE BEST WE CAN AND GO ON WITH OUR LIVES…OR MAYBE LET THE OFFENDED PICK A NAME AND SEE WHAT THEY COME UP WITH???

      • vonholland

        I think it’s a Caucasian guilt thing anyway.

    • Farva55

      Disparaging against vegetables. Can’t do it.

      • vonholland

        You must have fruit friends. Lol

      • vonholland

        Washington vegetables is good. It’s s tribute to our political leaders

  • James Brown

    Edmonton won’t need to change their team name because they’re in Canada, where some semblance of sanity remains.

    • Maritimer1

      Yet Canada has a long history of abuse of their aboriginal peoples. And it still exists.

  • sapphire0828

    that “racist” chant that the Atlanta Braves fans do isn’t racist at all!!! It came from when Deion Sanders was with the team and, because he went to a Florida college that has that same chant… the fans picked it up from that! What about the New York Yankees??? Is that racist to Northerners??? I’m part Cherokee Indian and I do NOT find any of the names or logos to be offensive… Most, if not all, of the names were given out of respect for the Native Americans…people need to grow up and realize there’s more important things in the world than an “offensive” name of high school, college and professional teams names!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • willywonka

    Yankees offensive to southerners. Vancouver CANUCKS offensive to French Canadiens. Hokies offensive to everyone outside of VA & WV…cause they are hokies. Giants offensive to midgets and dwarfs. Braves offensive to timid people. LA & Sacramento Kings offensive to those who aren’t in the royal family. How about a team called the San Francisco Queens. Would that work? Mavericks are offensive to traditionalists. Chicago BLACK Hawks… oh boy, Eric Holder shouldn’t like that. The GameCOCKS?? What about the muscle rub BEN GAY????? Please, it’s time for government to stop the bullshit. If you don’t want to be offended, stay in bed when the alarm clock goes off.

    • madcapfeline

      My high school mascot was a Cougar. As a woman of advancing age, I find this offensive and demand it be changed. ;)

      • Aladawg

        Madcapfeline,as a woman of advancing age why don’t you just die and then you would not have to worry about it.

        • madcapfeline

          Working on it, fuck stick. Also, google sarcasm and get back to me.

          • Thomas Ratcliff

            hey don’t sweat the stupid stuff I thought it was spot on lol you go Cougar

          • worldgonemad

            You’re my hero!

          • Aladawg

            madcapfeline, Darn woman, you are not much of a lady are you using that type of language. I bet you have a hard time finding male companionship. Why don’t you get with Tim Martin he seems to be in your class of people. Bless his heart the poor moronic retard.

          • Guest

            You’re not much of a man posting like the Alabama inbred that you are.

          • Aladawg

            guest, you are correct I bred with your mama. Now that makes you a retard.

          • Kat Mando

            Who’s your Daddy? Only I know for sure ha. He didn’t want you either scumbag.

        • Tim Martin

          She’s makng a joke and you come back with a statement like this!! You gotta be living a miserable and pathetic life …

          • Thomas Ratcliff

            they can’t help them self some people have anal cranial insertion(they have there head up there butts)just put that in there for the SSSSllllllllooooooowwwww people out there that may read your post and not know what i was talking about @Aladawg

          • Aladawg

            Why don’t you get with madcapfeline, you two seem to be from the same type of low trash people up north. Bless both of ya’ll’s low life scum bag hearts. You moron!

        • Thomas Ratcliff

          man what jack ass you are you should get help with your reading skills .you were the only one that could not tell she was using sarcasm out of 41 people man thats just sad on your part

          • Aladawg

            Do you think I give a shit what your low life scum bag thinks. You are probable a northern damn Yankee QUEER. Go suck a mule you ass hole moron.

          • michael

            Feel better troll?

          • Aladawg

            Thank you michael, I’m feeling a lot better thanks for asking.

          • Tom W

            Sucking mules is a time honored Southern tradition.

          • Aladawg

            Tom W. I guess a man like you would know hehe

          • Kat Mando

            we don’t have mules up North

        • theegreatrandini

          You’re a dick, Saladwig.

          • Aladawg

            Sorry what was that, did you say you needed a dick?

        • Tom W

          God@amn are you dense. Change your name to Alainbred.

          • Aladawg

            Thanks for the invite, I think I will change my name to screw Tom’s mama. hehe, funny.

        • Manxnorton

          totally humorless ‘dawg’..what, besides a family tree with no branches, is wrong with you…go soak your lice ridden head!

          • Aladawg

            I never get lice you moronic dork, I’m bald.

          • Kat Mando

            it was crabs

        • Kat Mando

          hang yourself honey. Save us some of our taxes,

        • Kat Mando

          This is why I put you up for adoption from a northern state. I didn’t want your low IQ to embarrass the family,

    • Roy

      God you are stupid. Why can’t you understand that different terms can have different meanings? Washington Redskins is the same as calling them the Washington Niggers.

      • http://www.freejeffreyhavard.org/ myloridarlin

        Bull crap. Did you just want an excuse to say “nigger”?

        The only people I know with red skin are sunburnt and the name Redskin does not refer to a specific tribe.

        As far as I can tell, Natives have brown skin.

        Moron.

        • Roy

          Wow, you are even dumber than the original post. Your entire judgment of a word is based on whether the derogatory term matches up literally? Have you ever seen a “yellow” asian? No, but the term is still offensive to them. How many black peple have you seen that are literally black? Not mentioning a specific tribe has nothing to do with racism either. Amazing

          • Joel Welden-Smith

            It’s just a sports team. Step off the ledge.

          • 700Level

            The moron here is you. You have no evidence that it’s a slur. Why do high schools in some Native American communities have “Redskins” as their nickname? Are they self-hating Native Americans?
            BTW, are you a Native American? If not, what moral authority do you have to be offended? Let me answer that for you – you have none.

          • Jillien
          • http://www.freejeffreyhavard.org/ myloridarlin

            Jillien, you seriously have to go to Wiki (lol) to try and get a point across?

            Doesn’t help your case, whatever that may be since you haven’t really made one.

          • Jillien

            lol k. Can’t take a joke, Whitey?

          • http://www.freejeffreyhavard.org/ myloridarlin

            Oh, now the racism rears her ugly head.

          • Jillien

            Lol lol look up the definition of racism, because that’s not it cracker.

          • http://www.freejeffreyhavard.org/ myloridarlin

            Whatever….make you feel better by calling me Whitey and cracker? Doesn’t bother me one single bit.

          • Mikeyoung6

            That’s because white people don’t care what minorities think of them.

          • Aladawg

            Sir, you are correct, blacks aren’t worth worrying about.

          • Tom W

            Neither are inbreds.

          • http://www.freejeffreyhavard.org/ myloridarlin

            Actually, how would I know that it was a minority? That could be a white man trolling for all I know.

            I don’t care what that fool thinks…

            I don’t let it bother me because it’s meaningless.

            Have you seen all the people on this feed saying, oh, what if their name was the Washington “Niggers” or the Washington “Chinks”?

            What do you want to bet that 99.9% of the people on THIS feed complaining that the name is derogatory are NOT Native American?

          • Aladawg

            Jillien, now that is a totally raciest word how would you like it if I called you a nigger, nigger.

          • Aladawg

            Do you mean that the word nigger isn’t raciest?

          • Jillien

            What is Raciest?

          • Aladawg

            Jillien, she sure can take a joke being white is the greatest thing ever, WHITE is RIGHT what a horrible thought of being born black.

          • Tom W

            Worse yet would be born an inbred from Alabama who goes by the name Aladawg.

          • Aladawg

            I love you Tom even though you are the scum bag southern doofus nitwit. I got to go now, going to meet your mama for some fun time. And I am not from Alabama stupid you only assumed I am.

          • Aladawg

            JiIlien, I can take a joke from a nigger.

          • Jillien

            Who says I’m black, trailer park?

            Also, this is from 4 days ago. Move on to the next outrage. Your life must be sad. Peace out, white trash.

          • E.A. Castro

            woof… you just keep making comments that truly show you are about as ignorant as a person can be and not be confined to an institution…
            red·skin [red-skin] Show IPA
            noun Slang: Often Disparaging and Offensive.
            a North American Indian.

          • http://www.freejeffreyhavard.org/ myloridarlin

            Since you obviously are only reading certain comments…from the legendary Wiki;

            Current use[edit]

            The Redskin Theater in Anadarko, Oklahoma. The town proclaims itself to be the “Indian Capital of the Nation” and its population is 41% Native American.

            In the United States, “redskin” is regarded as a racial epithet by some,[26] neutral by some people,[27] and by many Native American tribes,as non offensive.[28] Several predominately Native American schools use the name for their athletic teams, most notably the 98% Native American enrollment of the Red_Mesa_High_School Redskins

            :P

          • E.A. Castro

            didn’t you already dismiss wiki’s as being unreliable? go pick up a dictionary (any american dictionary will do) and look up redskin… it is a derogatory slur… it is meant to demean, not to honor… yeesh.

          • http://www.freejeffreyhavard.org/ myloridarlin

            I don’t really care about the name of the team, I care about the people. But then, I already told you that in response to one of your stellar comments down feed, which you chose to ignore in order to be an ass elsewhere.

            I dismiss some of Wiki, yes, but only because I know a despicable man who creates ridiculous wrongful conviction wiki pages for people who are absolutely guilty of the crimes for which they are convicted. Not that I owe you any sort of explanation.

            Now, that’s a guy who is worth me hating on.

          • unclealfie

            I use Wikipedia constantly, for matters of history, advanced genetics and biochemistry, among other things. I’ve never had reason to find any fault with it, whatsoever which leads me to be- live that you must be quite the ignorant tool

          • E.A. Castro

            I am pretty sure you misread my comment. The tool in question is myloridarlin, who believes ONE wiki created maliciously automatically means ALL wikis are wrong.

          • http://www.freejeffreyhavard.org/ myloridarlin

            Pay no mind to that idiot. I made a comment to a troll about his/her use of Wiki as a citation here, which clearly stated that
            in current times, “Redskin” was not considered derogatory.

            Castro can’t comprehend that it is disgraceful when people use Wiki for their own agenda, such as a man who creates numerous Wiki pages claiming clearly guilty people, (Jodi Arias, for one) are wrongfully convicted.

            Though those pages need citations, which they obviously don’t have.

            But you were right, Castro is ignorant, and a tool.

          • Kat Mando

            Definition of redskin in English:

            redskin
            Line breaks:
            red|skin
            Pronunciation: /ˈrɛdskɪn

            /

            noun
            dated or offensive
            An American Indian.

          • lareux

            From your Wiki link…
            In the United States, “redskin” is regarded as a racial epithet by some,[26] neutral by some people,[27] and by many Native American tribes,as non offensive.[28]

            So, many Native Americans see the term as “non offensive” and they are the only ones who should be allowed to call it offensive in the first place.

          • Jillien

            I know. That’s why I posted it with a smiley face under the link. None of this is meant to be serious.

          • http://www.freejeffreyhavard.org/ myloridarlin

            Right. She’s not being serious when she thinks she’s insulting someone. If she looked like me, blah, blah, blah, Whitey and cracker that I am. Duh.

          • Mikeyoung6

            It seems that the only people offended are silly white people.

          • 700Level

            Ok…?

          • unclealfie

            Liberals believe they have a “God” given birthright to be “offended” by anything that doesn’t pass their strict and ridiculous PC standards, and, when they do deem something “offensive” (which they do at least once weekly), the rest of the World must follow, in lockstep, with their mandates.
            So sayeth King lying-sack-of feces.

          • Thomas Ratcliff

            more like ever hour on the hour

          • egor marly

            I’m a native American- I was born in America & so were my parents & my grand parents. just ’cause I have blond hair and blue eyes and “white” skin don’t mean I’m not a “native American “just like anyone else born in this hemisphere(south & central “America”).

          • Aladawg

            Sir, do you find the name Redskins racists?

          • ColtNoir

            calling someone “black” isn’t offensive, just as calling Caucasians “white” isn’t offensive either. MANY Native Americans have said this is B.S and it isn’t offensive. people, you included, need to seriously stop letting words run your emotions. grow up, there’s worse things in this world than deciding if something is politically correct or not.

          • http://www.freejeffreyhavard.org/ myloridarlin

            Talk about dumb. Ever heard of tongue in cheek? Obviously, your sense of humor is sorely lacking. Clueless, but I should have known by your jumping on the opportunity to use the other term that you did. I live in a state now where there are many different Native American tribes and I have many friends among them. Not one of them takes the name in a derogatory manner. Not ONE. I would be more insulted by the “Washington” in front of it. There are so many more important things in this country that need addressing than the name of a football team that is objected to by FIVE Native Americans. Your stupidity is astounding.

          • Jillien

            “I live in a state now where there are many different Native American tribes and I have many friends among them. Not one of them takes the name in a derogatory manner.”

            Is this the same argument for “I have black friends, etc”?

          • http://www.freejeffreyhavard.org/ myloridarlin

            Is that an attempt at sarcasm? Big fail.

            People that feel the need to quote part of your comment back to you must not be real bright. I remember what I wrote, but thanks.

            What does the fact that you (or I) have black friends, have to do with the fact that most Native Americans don’t have a problem with the name of the Washington Redskins?

            Absolutely nothing.

            Try a little harder not to make this a racist thing, because it isn’t, okay?

          • Jillien

            lol ok with your butt hurt response.

          • http://www.freejeffreyhavard.org/ myloridarlin

            Hahaha. Do you really think you hurt my butt? How lame. Grow up.

          • Jillien

            If I looked like you, I’d be disappointed and arguing on here, too.

          • http://www.freejeffreyhavard.org/ myloridarlin

            Lol…Lillien resorts to little insults because she has nothing intelligent to say.

          • Jillien

            You also can’t spell. Really living up to your stereotype! Keep reaching for the stars

            If you can’t accept insults, perhaps you shouldn’t have responded in a bitchy manner. Food for thought!

          • http://www.freejeffreyhavard.org/ myloridarlin

            Really? Tell me about my spelling errors, Jillien.

            Oh, because I got your name wrong? Yeah, because it means so much to me.

            BTW, I think you may have forgotten who responded to who first.

            The bitchy started entirely with you and your nonsense about black friends. What? Were you attempting to be humorous? No.

            If I can’t accept insults? Am I supposed to? Makes perfect sense.

          • Jillien

            K are you done? You really are basic and doing the most in this thread.

            Priorities, please have them.

          • http://www.freejeffreyhavard.org/ myloridarlin

            Are you done?
            Obviously not as basic as you.
            Your trolling was not necessary.
            You really show very little class.
            You dish it, but don’t want to take it.
            Move on to someone who gives a damn, k?

          • Jillien

            I guess you’ve forgotten that THIS IS THE INTERNET and you can’t determine those things you think you can.

            Are YOU done responding, you walking stereotype?

            Good, stop responding

          • http://www.freejeffreyhavard.org/ myloridarlin

            I will when you STFU…you hide who you are so you can throw racial crap at other people. You’re simply a coward.

          • nonuggets

            Are you serious? The vast majority of Native American’s have a problem with it. Every major Native American lobbying organization has been fighting the Washington Redskins for years. Where did you get the idea that Native Americans don’t mind the term? The one guy on the corner last year?

            Maybe you should actually do some research before sound like an idiot.

          • Kyle Witter

            Prove it, please. Sorry if that sounds a little harsh, but I have NEVER heard a news article about a lobbyist group trying to change the Redskins name, save us white people who are complaining about it. Cite some articles, please.

          • nonuggets

            http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/07/us/washington-redskins-name/index.html maybe lobbyist was the wrong term…regardless, it’s paramount to calling blacks “nigger” why would anyone be against the change?

          • nonuggets
          • E.A. Castro

            You should spend a few minutes looking up the controversy…

            Brian Howard, a legislative associate with the National Congress of American Indians, is 26 years old and attended school in Arizona off the reservation.

            “I’ve witnessed and experienced first-hand many of the stereotypes, perceptions and racism aimed at Native people, including the R-word,” Howard said. “As long as I have a breath of life, I will keep opposing this.”

          • worldgonemad

            “nonuggets” truly has no nuggets. he/she is such a pain today…

          • http://www.freejeffreyhavard.org/ myloridarlin

            The Redskins have had that name since 1932 when they were in Boston.

            Taking into account just the poverty that the majority of Native Americans live in today, I would think that every major Native American lobbyist would have SO much more to work on than to complain about the name of a football team.

            Lobbyists don’t represent the people. It’s politics. Hello?

            Maybe you should actually think THAT through before you come at me with the low class name calling.

          • nonuggets

            So, your point is that because there are other problems in the Native American population, they shouldn’t worry about a word they consider as offensive as blacks consider “nigger”? Redskin is a racial slur…there is no defense of it!

          • http://www.freejeffreyhavard.org/ myloridarlin

            No, that was not my point at all. Black people call each other “nigger” all the time. Are you really so out of touch that you don’t know that?

            Are you Native? Have you been on a reservation? Have you seen how the people live? It’s heartbreaking.

            That is my point. And I think that the name of a football team should not be the highest on a list of priorities.

            It doesn’t matter to me if the name of the team is changed. It matters that there are much more pressing issues. That’s all.

          • Sam197859

            I agree with with you. This is a non issue, created by people with agendas. We have more pressing issues in our lives than to be worried about nonsense.

          • http://www.freejeffreyhavard.org/ myloridarlin

            Thank you, Sam.

          • nonuggets

            Tell me, would you still be against the name change if it were the Washington Niggers or San Francisco Chinks? There is NO difference between those racial slurs and the term Redskin. Just because, until now, the term hasn’t been seen in the same light as them, doesn’t make it any less offensive to an entire race of people.

          • http://www.freejeffreyhavard.org/ myloridarlin

            Tell me, If they were called the Washington Whiteys or the Washington Crackers, do you think I should be offended? The same person has called me both names here and it didn’t bother me in the least. She gives no indication as to her race, though, but no matter.

            That you find it acceptable to call names yourself makes it a bit hard to take you seriously.

            If the name truly offends an entire race of people, I would not disagree, however, my personal Native friends don’t find the team name offensive, and from the individual that provided a Wiki link as a citation (the very same one calling me Whitey and cracker) that also doesn’t appear to be the case. I already used it myself, but for you, whom I guess didn’t look at it, I will do so one more time;

            Current use[edit]

            The Redskin Theater in Anadarko, Oklahoma. The town proclaims itself to be the “Indian Capital of the Nation” and its population is 41% Native American.

            In the United States, “redskin” is regarded as a racial epithet by some,[26] neutral by some people,[27] and by many Native American tribes,as non offensive.[28] Several predominately Native American schools use the name for their athletic teams, most notably the 98% Native American enrollment of the Red_Mesa_High_School Redskins

            Should we require them to change the names also?

          • Aladawg

            Nonuts, I would not complain about those names.

          • Wayne

            17 trillion in debt and our fine elected clowns in Washington are worried about the name of a private business…and I worked for a real “tribe” and the “Redskins” wasn’t anywhere on their radar…

          • http://www.freejeffreyhavard.org/ myloridarlin

            Thanks Wayne. I wonder if some of the people commenting have the slightest clue how ridiculous they truly sound.

          • Wayne

            thank you…no they clueless like the people paying attention to this crap and not the 17trillion, IRS bullying anyone and our elected morons NOT listening to US!!!

          • Tom W

            Aren’t you the bitch?

          • http://www.freejeffreyhavard.org/ myloridarlin

            Aren’t you the gentleman…what’s the matter? It upsets you that the only thing the name calling does is make me laugh?

            Why not make a comment as to your opinion of the issue?

            It bothers you that I find the plight of the American Indian more important than the name of a football team?

            Whatever…

          • Aladawg

            You are the moron on here.

          • Jillien

            Pot, meet kettle.

          • Thomas Ratcliff

            you know what I dont care if it hurts some ones feeling about what they get called it is time for them to suck it up put on the big girl panties and get on withthere life no one said life would be rose garden and even if it was there are still thorns on the rose bush so if this is what you wake up to worry about you should ock your self up in a room and never come out .at this point you have become a waste of time and air .I have grew past the point in time to where i care about what some one calls me .I have been called everything in the book .do i sit with my lip stuck out and cry about it NO i move on to what is next .This PC movment will kill this Country

          • Aladawg

            Hey Roy, don’t get so upset, no I have never seen a yellow asian, but I have seen many dead gooks in Nam and they seemed to turn a little yellow a little while after they were dead. go get a life Roy, I bet all your do is work at the local grain meal, hunt deer and fish. You also probable beat your wife. You need to change Roy you are going down the wrong path. See ya, good buddy.

        • E.A. Castro

          You’re not too bright. Redskin has ALWAYS been used as a slur… it is NOT as some believe, a “Honor” to be called a Redskin.

          • lareux

            Then why do most Native American tribes NOT see the term as offensive? Again, THEY should be the only ones crying that the name is offensive, yet it seems that most of them don’t see it that way.

          • E.A. Castro

            Hmmm… that argument is almost as bad as people who say the N word isn’t bad because rappers use it in their music all the time. No substance, just wishful thinking.

          • http://www.freejeffreyhavard.org/ myloridarlin

            Perhaps it is you who is not too bright…

          • E.A. Castro

            yep… this comment seals it… you’re about 40 IQ points below normal.

          • http://www.freejeffreyhavard.org/ myloridarlin

            Whatever…you think you can talk to people in any way that you want but don’t expect a response in kind?

            I think the opinion is mutual.

          • E.A. Castro

            I’m not bothered by the poor opinion of an overtly racist person. Feel free to hate on me all you want…

          • http://www.freejeffreyhavard.org/ myloridarlin

            And I’m not bothered by your nonsense…sorry.

            My sympathy lies with the Native American people.

            The rantings of some dumbass like you, who is so blind that you can’t come up with a valid argument about what the issues here really are here, and can say nothing more intelligent than “it’s a racial slur”, instead of addressing the real plight of the Native American people completely invalidates you.

            Duh, if an entire nation of Native American tribes were so offended by the name of a football team, this would have been a major issue long before now.

            I have been to many Redskin games and there are no protests of the name except when pre-arranged media is going to be there to advance a political agenda.

            I don’t care enough about you or your low brow opinion to hate on you.

        • Braveheart

          Actually, the mascot comes from the colonists who dressed like Indians and dumped the king’s tea into Boston Harbor on December 16, 1773. The Redskins franchise was originally in Boston.

          • http://www.freejeffreyhavard.org/ myloridarlin

            Yes, I referenced the year the team came into existence and that it was in Boston, in the first line above, but I didn’t know that was the reason why. Thank you! How interesting!

        • Aladawg

          Good for you myloridarlin.

        • michael

          It’s amazing, the level of discourse that this topic of “Redskins” brings out. It’s as if no one over eight years old ever chimes in on the topic.

          • http://www.freejeffreyhavard.org/ myloridarlin

            Michael, I am not sure whom you are likening to eight year olds, but I took a lot of abuse on this feed, from three people in particular.

            Why?

            Evidently one just had a problem with the fact that I am white. I did not respond in kind with the racial crap, but laughed it off.

            Two others, one of whom was really very vicious, thought that they had the right to behave as keyboard warriors, because my opinion on the subject is that it is a ridiculous political agenda over a name that has been used since 1932.

            The big, tough keyboard warrior, E.A. Castro, who was questioning my IQ, for goodness sakes, shut up pretty quick after I gave the following response to him;

            “Are you Native? Have you been on a reservation? Have you seen how the people live? It’s heartbreaking.

            That is my point. And I think that the name of a football team should not be the highest on a list of priorities.

            It doesn’t matter to me if the name of the team is changed. It matters that there are much more pressing issues. That’s all.”

            Although, I personally don’t see the need for a name change, honestly. As a Virginian and as someone that doesn’t see the ones complaining here being Native American.

            If my responses made you feel you were reading the comments of an eight year old, I really have no answer to that, other than I don’t think I am wrong about this.

        • Aladawg

          Myloridarlin, me thinks the scum bags on here are southern inbred’s, living in double wides, dipping snuff and screwing their mothers ande sisters.

      • Jeremy Young

        Let’s stop and think for a second at who has decided what is offensive and when those terms were used to be demeaning towards a specific race. The federal government and everyone that believes the shovels full of shit that they feed the American people have turned the “Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave” into the “Land of the Offended.” Anyone who finds the terms Redskin or Seminoles offensive should do the rest of us a favor and stop breathing. The world has too many brain dead oxygen thieves. Lets remove some labels and let nature runs its course.

      • Larry E. Newsome

        But my idiot friend Roy, they ain’t the Washington Niggers, they are lovingly called the Redskins and will always be so by we true fans. I do not even think racially about this name…to me it means real warriors playing like the braves that the real redskins would like to be remembered as and how well the fought on the battle fields or the prairies and plains of the western part of the US. It’s all in the minds of the PC leftist in the NWO…like you you pinhead!

        • Mikeyoung6

          Fortunately this whole thing will fade away unlike Bengahzi and the IRS.

      • Aladawg

        Roy, you must be mentally challenged

        • Roy

          I’ll be sure to my attending physician tomorrow that I can’t finish my hospital residency because I’m mentally challenged.

      • Otto Torrens

        Well considering the phrase Redskin only refers to the color and skin and nigger refers to an ignorant person I don’t see the similarity.

      • srpatterso

        No, it’s not. But thanks for providing a prime example of “progressive” religious zealot brainwashing.

      • Mikeyoung6

        But it would be OK to call them the Washington N-words.

      • Aladawg

        Roy, I’m a long way from stupid little boy. By they way Roy, you must be a nigger yourself. Go off and do the world a favor and kill yourself. One last piece of scum on this good hearth.

        • Roy

          What did I say to you? By the way, you just showed how smart you are by saying those things. I’m also not black

      • Aladawg

        Not nice Roy, me thinks you are the nigger. Keep it coming scum bag I like to hear from you.

    • Katie

      First of all a southerner can not be offended by the word Yankee because the southerners called the northerners Yankees. Second of all West Virginians are not Hokies because West Virginia became its own state in 1863 and have been known as the Mountaineers ever since. So since you do not have enough since, education, or knowledge to know all of this maybe you should not own a computer.

      • ColtNoir

        I believe he’s pointing out that everyone else except the northerners are offended by being called “Yankees” – the majority of the people bringing it up aren’t even in the class that’s being discussed

      • Bruce F.

        Katie, B4 u go sh!t talking someones education, u may wanna try a grammer checker yourself……..it is “sense” not since, the second one in the last sentence u wrote. j/s Have good evening just the same. ;)

        • fix

          ummm…….the word is grammar.

          • Bruce F.

            Doh, spell check sucks!

          • lareux

            Why would you need spell check for the word grammar in the first place? And there is almost zero chance that spell check would spell the word ‘grammar’ incorrectly for you, so try again.

      • Aladawg

        No Katie they are known in the South as DAMN Yankees.

    • nonuggets

      Calling a Native American a redskin is like calling a black person a nigger. Get your head out of your ass.

      • Sam197859

        Wrong. The word”nigger” has nothing to do with race but all about that person’s intelligence. Low information people just make me laugh.

        • nonuggets

          Are you serious?

          • Sam197859

            Yes, because I understand what the word REALLY means. Educating yourself and not listening to ignorant people is the key. That is why knowledge is the key to intellectual growth, while fear and ignorance is used to keep people divide and controllable. That is why the usual people get elected and race pimps make money

        • nonuggets

          So, if I considered you unintelligent, I could use that word to describe you to your face? You wouldn’t have a problem with that? I do think you are unintelligent, but I will just call you an idiot…

          • Sam197859

            I would just smile at you and walk away. I do not deal with stupid.

      • Farva55

        Go cry. Typical liberal.

    • Casee

      You have no idea what the word Yankee means do you? Not to mention most of your comparing names are very stupid and don’t help your case at all.

    • Mikeyoung6

      Actually it should be the San Francisco Packers.

  • willywonka

    as a pugnacious Irishman who gets drunk and starts bar fights whenever I can, I find Notre Dame Fighting Irish offensive.

    • Maritimer1

      And, as Maureen O’Hara to your John Wayne….I find it delightful and accurate.

    • Larry E. Newsome

      And you ought too Ian…LOL.

  • http://backseatpolitics.com/ Riley Peper

    Not only did we take the Natives’ land, but now we should remove every popular reference to their people. Yeah, let’s just try to all forget they existed, that’s the polite thing to do.

    • Grand Poobah

      Holy strawman arguments! THEY don’t want the name used. It offends them, that’s why they pressed their lawsuit. If a team in a largely Native American area was called the Oklahoma City Jiggaboos, it’d be gone tomorrow.

      • http://www.freejeffreyhavard.org/ myloridarlin

        No, five Natives sued because they don’t want the name used. FIVE. If they speak for everybody, let everybody speak.

        There are plenty of people of Native American Heritage that have NO problem with it.

        Where in the world did you get the idea that DC is in a largely Native American area?

        • zach

          Those five or only speaking for themselves, they could care less what others think or actually feel. Majority of American’s and Native American’s don’t find it racist, i guess it just wouldn’t make sense to listen to the majority.

          • http://www.freejeffreyhavard.org/ myloridarlin

            Right, it’s really rather ridiculous isn’t it?

      • Maritimer1

        The only name they objected to was “redskins.” There is no need to do away with the other, inoffensive names, just the offensive logos.

        • http://www.freejeffreyhavard.org/ myloridarlin

          I am Irish, and have never found the “Fighting Irish” of Notre Dame to be offensive.

          The only name objected to is not the Washington Redskins, it is just the first frivolous lawsuit.

          There is more to this story than meets the eye, and trust that it won’t end with the Redskins.

          • Farva55

            That’s because you’re normal. Most of the people opposing this are not. It’s actually quite simple.

  • london4

    Being named after a tribe with permission from a tribe and calling yourself “redskin” is totally different. We would never accept “blackskin” with an African warrior mascot or “yellowskin” or ninja mascot. How is this any different.

  • Derek Devlin

    I was really hoping that this list would be a little more creative than this. I’ll never get that minute back.

    • Farva55

      When i clicked on it, I assumed it would be 10 native american team names. What were you expecting? Most titles usually give something away about the meat of the article so I would recommend you take the rest of your minutes and educate yourself.

      • Derek Devlin

        I’m sorry you read this “article” too, Farva. In all honesty, this could have gone in a few insightful directions…

        How about the Pirates? With the stuff going on in Somalia right now, I’d change my name.

        Or maybe they could have gone the “outdated NFL teams” route? Steelers? Packers? Or, of course, the Browns. What’s a brown?

        But no. This looks like an intern unwillingly threw this together. “Yeah, just find a bunch of teams that are named after Native Americans, and make a dumb slide show. That should be good.”

  • nomad

    Wow, cheap websites will turn anything into a page-by-page list that they can exploit for ad views.

    • Farva55

      ….so? Facebook exploits your whole life for ad views. Welcome to the internet.

  • Nolan Mercer

    It’s funny because everything else is the name of a native tribe, whereas Redskin is considered a racial slur.

  • Harry

    Many of these are valid tribe names. I don’t know how using a proper tribe name can be seen as disparaging.

  • Jesse Baritz

    The writer of this article is a moron… Except for the Indians, all of these names are the real, inoffensive names of tribes or groups of people. That’s like saying the Houston Texans should change their name, just because Texans are a group of people…

    • zach

      The indian’s is not offensive in anyway possible, why you would say “Except for the Indians” is completely idiotic. If that is offensive then so are the Yankees (American’s) Tiger’s(It must be offensive to the tigers) Marlins,Cardinals, Oriels, Blue Jays…ect. In fact the last sentence contradicts your own statement.

      • Jesse Baritz

        You don’t consider Indians to be offensive? It’s widely understood to be a derogatory term for a race of people, that consider themselves Native Americans. Indians, when not referring to people from India, is blatantly incorrect and offensive. Their logo is the face of a Native American. I have not contradicted any of my own statements.

        If you had a logo of a Dolphin, and called yourself the Sharks, you’d be just as incorrect as the Indians are with the logo of a Native American.

    • Farva55

      boo hoo. Tears, tears, tears, tears.

      Were you always picked last at kickball?

    • Farva55

      The Chicago Cubs should change their name. It’s offensive to the children of the Bear. While we’re at it, we should only name our sports teams after roman numerals and colors. Dibs on the Chicago XIIs

  • Skunk

    Most of these I see are ones that are in honor or tribute, all in good taste. Redskin is a derogatory term for a native american. Utes and possibly the Eskimos need to change as well. Seems like the Eskimos also did it in good taste of tribute but since Eskimo is a derogatory term for Alaskians as well, it’s easy to look at that one wrong.

    • 68gto

      Eskimo = derogatory. Who’d have known.

      • Farva55

        I guess we can eliminate that one as a replacement to the Redskins

      • Skunk

        Good job, smartass.

  • HollywoodNeedsHelp

    Here you have it ladies and gentlemen, political correctness run amok. Next we’ll ban chocolate milk because it’s racist.

    • Farva55

      mmmm. Chocolate milk….that sounds good right about now. BRB

  • Alexis

    None of these would have to change at all. “Seminoles” and “Aztecs” for example are actual tribes, not a blatant slur for all native americans like “Redskins” is. It would be like having a team called the “Pickaninnies” the only one I could see changing is “Edmonton Eskimoes” because that is a slur for Inuit people

    • Maritimer1

      And, since it’s a Canadian team and not affected by US legal decisions, it shouldn’t even be listed.

    • Farva55

      BOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOO.

  • http://www.freejeffreyhavard.org/ myloridarlin

    So much for The Fighting Irish. How stupid is this?

  • Mike Cosgrove

    BlackHawk is not a racial term it is the name of an Indian tribe.

  • pop_sav

    Strike the Seminole from this list. The use of names and images associated with Seminole history is officially sanctioned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida…

    • Maritimer1

      So is the use of “Chippewas” by CMU sanctioned by the Saginaw Valley Chippewa tribe.

  • Old Dude

    Really? What else is the shitastic people going to say? Nothing but Idiots running the country now! I said and I meant it!

  • Richard Johnston

    On an issue like this, public opinion is just a distraction. The reason the Redskins should change their name has nothing to do with what anyone thinks now, in the second decade of the 21st century. The reason the Redskins should change their name is the same reason they should have changed it decades ago — the same reason they never should have picked the name in the first place. The word “Redskin” has a well-established history as a racist epithet, and such words have no business being sung and chanted in support of a professional sports team. Simple as that, and it has nothing to do with tradition or fan pride or whether anyone’s still offended by the name today. If the word has ever been used to ridicule or belittle human beings on the grounds of race, what’s the good reason to keep it alive in a glorifying context? Changing it would harm literally no one. It would be an act with no motive but basic human courtesy. – Dan Graziano, ESPN [60]

    • 700Level

      Changing it would harm society b/c it means that a few dishonest, loud-mouth morons can bully others into changing their traditions and how they express themselves.
      Graziano is being disingenuous here (typical for a liberal) b/c you know that if public opinion was on his side (which it isn’t; not even Native American public opinion) he would use that in his “argument.”

      • Richard Johnston

        A tradition based on a word defined in the dictionary as insulting and derogatory is not a tradition worth having. As a Choctaw Indian myself I find the word insulting.

      • Richard Johnston

        A tradition based on a word defined as insulting and derogatory to a group of people is a tradition not worth having. Here is an example attached of how the word got defined that way. As a Choctaw Indian myself I find the word very distasteful.

        • 700Level

          “That’s what is disturbing about this ruling. Our system of government
          depends on the impartial administration of the laws by the executive.
          In this case, executive officials declared that a private company
          doesn’t deserve the protection of the law: if the ruling survives an
          appeal in the courts, the federal government will stop prosecuting
          violations of the team’s intellectual property rights, potentially
          costing it millions of dollars.

          This ruling isn’t a slippery slope. It’s a slope we’ve already slid
          down: bureaucrats in Washington are now empowered to make subjective
          decrees about what is offensive and what will be tolerated, based on
          pressure from a small clique of Washington insiders. Anyone who runs
          afoul of these decrees, anyone branded as regressive and politically
          incorrect, is declared outside the protection of the federal government.

          That this is happening, and that we have no idea where it will stop,
          is what should terrify us—even if, like me, you don’t particularly care
          one way or the other about the Washington Redskins.”

          • Richard Johnston

            Federal trademark law does not permit registration of trademarks that “may disparage” individuals or groups or “bring them into contempt or disrepute.”

      • Richard Johnston

        Any tradition that is based on a word which is defined as insulting or derogatory to a race of people is a tradition not worth having. Attached is an example of how the word “Redskin” got it’s definition. As a Choctaw Indian myself, who is well versed on Indian history, I find the word very distasteful.

        • Farva55

          Good for you. Does the word “poop” offend you as well? just wondering.

          • Richard Johnston

            Only when I step in it.

  • Maritimer1

    The name “Blackhawks” isn’t an insult….it’s the name of a chief. OTOH, to call someone a “redskin” is a racial slur. Big difference. And the CMU “Chips” have permission from the trib to use the name as do the Seminoles. And “Illini” is NOT an indian name. An “illini” is a native of Illinois, regardless of ethnic background.

    Truthfully, the one one here that could be considered insulting or a racial slur is “redskin.”

  • 700Level

    For all the morons below who are saying this is a racial epithet:
    Why is it that there are high schools in Native American communities with the nickname “Redskins”? Are they self-hating Native Americans?

    Polls show most Native Americans are not offended and that a majority of Americans think Washington should be able to keep the name.

    • Phillip

      Unless you’re talking about an Indian reservation, there’s no such thing as a Native American community with a high school with this nickname. There’s simply too few left outside of reservations

      • 700Level

        Um, sorry no, you have no idea what you’re talking about.
        “One school that still uses the nickname is Red Mesa High in Arizona,
        located on a Navajo reservation, and where 99.3 percent of its students
        are Native American. Tommie Yazzie, superintendent of the school
        district that oversees Red Mesa High School and a full-blooded Navajo,
        said he is more concerned with the use of Native American war chants and
        gestures during sporting events.”

        • Phillip

          Actually, if you learn to read, you will distinctly see that I said “unless you’re talking about an INDIAN RESERVATION…” and in your own post you say “… located on a Navajo reservation.” Thus, I accurately predicted the exact situation! The fact is that outside reservations, there’s very, very few Native Americans and virtually none are anywhere close to full-blooded.

          It’s also not really indicative of what the majority of Native Americans feel or think when all you can point out is a single instance from a relatively small school (less than 350 students total; I grew up in a tiny town that had more than that in its graduation class 14 years ago). That’s like saying, “Well, 350 women wanted Romney to be president, so that should indicate that he won the female vote.” It’s not logic that makes any sense. I can find more than 350 Native Americans who are against the “redskins” name easily.

          • 700Level

            Whether the high school is on a reservation or not is immaterial to my point and my question which you refuse to answer directly b/c you can’t in a way that doesn’t show you’re wrong.

            As for what Native Americans think there are exactly ZERO polls that say the majority of them are offended. What’s funny about your weak retort to my point is that this lawsuit actually involves only 6 people. From those 6 you assume (incorrectly) that the majority of Native Americans are offended.

          • Phillip

            You do understand how lawsuit work, right? You can’t actually get every single Native American together in a room and make them file a lawsuit together. Most lawsuits are brought by a single person — 6 is actually pretty unusual for situations like this. Having a law degree, I’d be happy to explain how the legal system works if you get tired of jumping to weirdly illogical conclusions (“it’s a 6 person lawsuit! ONLY 6 PEOPLE IN THE WORLD MUST BE OFFENDED!”).

            And no, it’s not immaterial if the high school is on a reservation. Moreover, I haven’t dodged any question. Your original post stated that there were multiple Native American communities with high schools (plural) that used racial slurs as their mascots. You have since presented evidence of a single high school on a reservation.

            If you want an answer to whether they are “self-hating,” probably not. Is every Native American going to be offended at the “redskin” slur? Probably not. Does its acceptance by a single high school that is smaller than even a typical small town high school mean that it’s acceptable for our society? Still no. It’s very possible that there are some Native Americans who aren’t offended. Case in point, I am part Native American and it doesn’t outright offend me (it mostly just offends me that people are too wrapped up in themselves to worry about using racial slurs). But it does offend a substantial number of Native Americans, and it IS a slur. That’s how it was used traditionally for many, many years. That’s what is associated with the word historically.

            But likewise, there are bound to be some African Americans and Asians and Jews and other groups that don’t get offended at the slurs used against them. The majority typically do, but in every situation you will find some who do not.

            But that’s not even the point. The point is that it’s a racial slur, and we as a society should be above that. What does it say about us that we’re cool with using racial slurs about a people who effectively exterminated so we can promote a business? You might not see a problem, but many people — and a growing number — do. If anyone I met went around throwing out racial slurs, I wouldn’t be cool with it. Why in the world is it somehow okay when we use it for a sports team instead?

          • 700Level

            Um, actually, I do know how lawsuits work jackass. And no I didn’t say only 6 people people in the world are offended. That’s called putting words in someone’s mouth and then arguing against those words, which is a completely dishonest way of debating. The fact remains that a lawsuit with 6 names attached is not proof that a majority of Native Americans are offended. In fact, polls prove that: http://washington.cbslocal.com/2013/10/08/how-many-native-americans-think-redskins-is-a-slur/

            At that point I stop reading your comment b/c it was obvious that you have no intention of discussing this issue in any sort of intellectually honest way.

            Oh, btw, this lawsuit will lose on appeal.

          • Phillip

            You were the one who made this brought the confrontational tone to the discussion, accusing me of refusing to answer your question. You also were the one who made a big deal about there only being 6 people on the lawsuit, so maybe you should be more clear if you know how lawsuits work (though it seems unlikely and you’re just backpedaling now).

            I honestly don’t care if you read my comment or not. You can claim all you want that I have no intention of discussing the issue, but you’re the one who is throwing out absurdly unsubstantiated claims. If you wanted intellectual discourse, you should really try backing up claims. “THERE ARE LOTS OF NATIVE AMERICAN DISTRICTS WITH THIS SLUR NAME” when, in fact, you had to hunt to even find one, that’s not really being honest. If you want to say, “There is at least one school that is mostly Native American and doesn’t mind it,” that’s cool. But that is hardly indicative of the greater population. Moreover, it still doesn’t matter. A slur is a slur. It matters less about whether the target is offended and more about the meaning of the word. You can insult me all you want to hide that you feel insecure in your lack of knowledge, but I don’t take offense at it. Doesn’t mean you’re intelligent because I’m not offended by your ignorance, it just means you’re still incapable of forming an argument. The same logic applies to racist slurs — the target doesn’t have to be actually offended for a slur to be a slur and wrongful.

            The lawsuit might lose on appeal, I haven’t seen the facts. But an appeal can only overturn a lawsuit based on errors in the underlying trial or application of law, not from factual issues. I haven’t read in depth on this particular trial. It’s very possible there’s some problem with the trial. I would generally be surprised if such a lawsuit WAS successful, because people are typically, even businesses, allowed to be racist so long as they aren’t discriminatory.

            But seriously, try to calm down. It’s cool if you’re just trying to build up your weak argument by pretending you have more support and research, but it’s kind of childish to throw a tantrum when you’re found out.

  • Nathan Deulen

    Whelp, there goes the 1st amendment.

  • Armani Moore

    Basically you took any team name related to some type of Native American and said it could be changed even if you stated they have permission or it’s just not offensive
    for example the Braves? In what way is that offensive to anyone?

  • Ocho

    I think this list misses the point entirely. The only one on that list that might need changing, too, is the Indians. And even then, it isn’t so much the name (it’s not an insult, so much as it is outdated and incorrect), it’s the mascot, whom they are slowly phasing out of the spotlight (being replaced with the team’s other logo, a big red C). Other than that, all of these teams are respectfully named after tribes, regiments, or people from WW2. Even the name “Braves” isn’t that bad, as that was the term for young warriors (Braves fans are offensive on their own). Heck, even #5, the Utes isn’t bad, but even they realized “Redskins” was bad as a nickname.

    “Redskins” is just a slur.

    But the politics/morality doesn’t matter, anyway. That’s not what runs businesses. As a business, it’s not like they’re hurting by keeping it. In fact, it keeps them in the news often. Their fans wholly support them. They’re fans. It’s what they do. However, they might have trouble trying to grow their brand to other markets. Who would want to pick up an offensively named team? Changing it, too, would also somehow be shown as “weak” and hurt their brand image, unless forced. Football tough! No show weakness!

    All that is weighed against the cost of changing the name/logo/everything, which is significant. If it would make them money to change, they’d do it in a heartbeat. This isn’t about politics, it’s money. Keeping it is just easier for them, despite what non-fans think, and really, who cares what non-fans think, they’re not buying any merchandise.

    So, if forced to change, how about the Washington Crackers?

    • 68gto

      Washington Crackers? LOL I don’t have a problem with it but it really doesn’t fit since most of the team is black.

      • Farva55

        I love crackers. Just as long as there’s some PB on them.

        Wait….you can’t. That’s racist and disparaging against a delicious snack. Idiot.

  • joe

    This is incredibly stupid.

  • Steven Christianson

    next on the list is City names.

  • rikki

    Utter bullshit. Politically correct is a very strange combination of words since most politicians are cheaters, liars and thieves. Will gay men soon ask for The Green Bay Packers to change their name.

  • Brama

    Okay, what I am seeing here is a whole lot of ignorance. 99% of Native Americans ARE NOT offended by Redskins, Braves, Chiefs, or any other “nickname” that a franchise has registered because the intelligent ones know that these teams are not using these “nicknames” in a derogatory manner. In NO WAY are any of these “nicknames” belittling to and tribe or Native American for that matter. My wife is part Cherokee and Taino Indian and not one person from that racial background find any offense in these teams’ “nicknames”. Intelligent people who can differentiate between reality and fantasy know that there are not any derogatory undertones to these “nickname”. I have personally been around many Native Americans from many different tribes and only the intelligent ones will tell you that there is no offense taken to these “nicknames” because that is all they are is names.

  • Melinda Craig

    imo, the only one’s who opinions count on this are those affected by it. Native Americans.

  • Equis

    Vote Democrats out. They did the same thing when Clinton was in office. HTTR!

  • JR

    The thing is that the Federal government doesn’t have this authority! I’m part Cherokee and part Irish, and Redskins or Fighting Irish doesn’t offend me, but this administration’s BULLS#IT bothers me to no end!

  • Carl E. Mott III

    Half of this is BS, the Chiefs, Braves and Indians is not disparaging and it does not refer to a specific tribe….and the later they merely need to change their mascot to a run down hotel/motel…. 3:)

  • Ralph

    Will Green Bay have to change its name? Does the GBLT community find that offensive?

    • Farva55

      I lost it reading that comment. LOL

      • Ralph

        Glad you liked it. I guess it went over most reader’s heads.

  • cybergoth

    after all the teams get striped of there names whats next animal mascots pretty soon all are schools will be just like in Europe just two colors no pride its a shame

  • Guest

    Everyone needs to lighten up and stop being so easily offended by EVERYTHING they see. What’s next? Are they going to change the name of the color black to “Absence of light”? Society as a whole is always looking to start up a fight about something.

  • Crescent Colonna

    Everyone needs to lighten up and stop being so easily offended by
    EVERYTHING they see. What’s next? Are they going to change the name of
    the color black to “Absence of light”? Society as a whole is always
    looking to start up a fight about something.

  • Tom Gloodt

    The Chicago Blackhawks isnt racist. That’s the tribe that was in the Chicagoland area before Chicago was there.

    • Farva55

      YES! IT IS RACIST! EVERYTHING IS RACIST! Don’t you dare refer to me as Farva, because that’s racist against Rod.

  • Sakaerion

    Author, are you high? Or just stupid? Redskins is considered offensive because it is a RACIAL SLUR, not just because it refers to Native Americans. It’s like naming a team the Beaners or the Crackers. A team taking the name of a group of people, including a Native American tribe, is completely different, especially when most have permission from the tribe itself to have that name (and don’t even get me started on the stupidity of including Chiefs and Braves in here). Calling a team the Seminoles or Aztecs is no different than calling them the Texans or Yankees, and calling a team the Braves or Chiefs is no different than calling one the Vikings, Cowboys, or Knights.

    • Farva55

      Yawn.

  • http://www.freejeffreyhavard.org/ myloridarlin

    I always thought that sports teams were given such names to evoke impressions of strength, courage, and tenacity against enemies. To me, it was a COMPLIMENT to Native Americans. Beats the hell out of me how anyone finds the name so very offensive after all these years that they would file a lawsuit to have the Washington Redskins change their name. But if it works, it is only the first of many. Believe that.

    • Paul A. Lee

      Right you are. Nobody names their team the Washington Wimps. They might though if this Political Correctness keeps dominating our feminized society. Where do you draw the line at banning things that are offensive. Some movies are offensive to people. Does that mean the rest of us can no longer watch those movies? Politicians are offensive to me. Why are they still around?

      • http://www.freejeffreyhavard.org/ myloridarlin

        Agreed, (especially about politicians) and Dan Snyder is no pushover, he says he will not change the name of the team and I don’t think he will just take this on the chin. I am also fairly certain that most of the people on this feed screaming about the name being a “RACIAL SLUR” have not one drop of Native blood themselves, they just need something to whine about. It’s a football team, ffs. Go find something productive to take up as a “cause”.

    • Farva55

      I’m more than okay if a team wants to call themselves the Farvas and a picture of my beautiful face as the logo. Just sayin

  • Paul A. Lee

    Most of the Human race offends me but I have thick skin and enough will power not to go up on a clock tower and start shooting you shaved apes. If you are so soft and sensitive that names hurt you then maybe you should have your bones broken with sticks and stones. Grow up and deal with the harshness of reality or move back in with your mommie so she can comb your hair and wipe your ass.

  • Sam Q

    The point is that none of you need worry about what is offensive or not. The annointed do-gooders in Washington D.C. will assume offense on your behalf and coerce a change until they are subjectively placated for the time being. And when they play the national anthem at a game, wheet to the stanza about “Home of the free and land of the brave” – no, it isn’t.

  • ljmccune

    So now that there is no trademark protection, can any Chinese company use the real logo and make a lot of crappy stuff and there’s nothing the owner of the team can do? Since the US government is making decisions on privately owned businesses maybe they can decide what their name and logo should be.

    • Farva55

      See, this idiot regime is all about screwing everyone. Thanks a lot America.

    • Robert1111111

      They still have the trademarks pending appeal. And this (for some reason) doesn’t apply to the current trademark…

  • Edward Potts

    A simple term like Redskins, and everybody goes on the warpath! Sheeesh!

  • Katie Donovan

    Wouldn’t it be great if someone asked for the ONLY opinion that matters here: that of Native Americans? I for one am not offended by the name. None of my Indian friends are, either. That is the team most of us root for, along with the President of the United States, whom we routinely mock as we ought to. I do believe some of my brothers and sisters have called him, “Walking Eagle” which is an eagle who has eaten so much and is so full of shit he can’t fly. Some of you wašíčus need to just relax and let the Noble Red Man take care of self. Don’t forget to stop by gift shop in lobby of casino on way out.

    • Ralph

      Will Green Bay have to change its name? Does the GBLT community find that offensive?

      • Katie Donovan

        No. I think most of us trans* people would be happy not to be beaten, robbed, raped, murdered, fired from our jobs and evicted from our dwellings. Call them the Green Bay Fudge Packers for all I care. Just don’t kill me.

  • George

    This is stupid. NONE of these are actually slurs, except maybe eskimos. They are either names of legitimate Native American tribes or in honor of a particular Native American (like Blackhawks) or leader (Chiefs).

  • The Right is the wrong way

    Well there are more where that came from that aren’t necessarily potentially offensive to Native Americans. The Notre Dame “Fighting Irish” and a leprechaun with his fists up for their logo, anyone?

  • Robert Landis

    The Redskins should be renamed The Washington Weasels in honor ( or dishonor ) of our elected weasels.

  • Farva55

    I have allowed the Redskins to change their name to the Farvas. They’re also allowed to use my face as the logo- ONLY if it’s a picture from my good side. I promise I won’t be offended. Although Rod on the other hand might find it disparaging.

  • TB

    This is america..obama is the 21st century hitler..he needs to be brought down from his reign of power before its to late..everyone has the freedom to do what they wish..if you have a problem with the name redskins or indians or whatever it may be..fine..thats your right as a US citizen..but what about the rights of the nfl or mlb franchises..do they not count as americans..are we really free if we we dont have a choice??..I am offended by you being offended..the issue is not the mascot or name of a team..its the president of the united states..he is an “obamanation”..and I callhim a dirty nigger because that is my god given right to do so..its not racism..just my freedom

    • The Right is the wrong way

      Actually, that’s completely racist, you fucking moron.

      • vonholland

        No it isn’t racist. Dumb duck , it’s a created ploy to cause division amongst Americans. Used to be we were a stronger nation where we were taught from a young age things like , sticks and stones can break bones but words can never hurt me. Now it’s idiocy.
        Words like asshole , jerk , n word etcetera are a description of someone’s actions , not labeling a whole race of people.

        • The Right is the wrong way

          You are literally the dumbest person.

          • vonholland

            I’m sure I would disagree n me n my black American friends would disagree as well. Moron

          • The Right is the wrong way

            ROFL the “I have black friends” argument.

            Dude, just shut up.

          • vonholland

            Dude , I am black. :/
            And just because someone doesn’t agree with your tiny liberal brain , it doesn’t make them wrong .of course I know people that may be offended by words n their pussy gets hurt like that. Most of the click around here used slang everyday n it bothers no one . Some ethnic groups still hang on to 1850 , but most have moved forward into the 2000′s. I realize there are many high schools n around where I live that the name redskins is plastered all over their schools as well since it is their team names and they don’t need the head liberal in Nevada to tell them anything. Revolution is coming get ur tickets .

          • The Right is the wrong way

            Still spewing horseshit, I see.

          • vonholland

            Hahaha!!

          • vonholland

            Us texans just don’t sit well with I see …

    • retchsweeny

      Idiot.

  • larry mcbride

    for one am not a redskins fan, and I know people seem to be offended , when you start taking away a logo which has been in place for so long it is wrong.that is why we are a country of freedom of speech. I look at it this way, I am a white American and if anyone should feel offended it should be myself! for all the corruption and lies that come out of the white house and congress I do not want to be affiliated with than I feel the name white house should be changed do to the fact that I am white and it does offend me to be associated with such actions. get real people. sometimes change isn’t always for the good.

  • Tim Martin

    After we change all these Indian team names, then change the names of all the indian tribes to One, Two, Three and then ban any reference to anything Indian. Remove all reference to Indian history, remove the word indian from all books and remove the word from the english language. That should take care of it …

    • Robert1111111

      So what will we call people from India?

    • darthgidget

      good idea- if the native american community wants to assimilate then lets get rid of tribal lands and the casinos that go with them. btw, I am 1/4 native american.

  • granddad1

    Do Mexicans consider the name SPICK n Span offensive???

    • darthgidget

      no because spic is derogatory term for Puerto Ricans.

  • Jim

    Hey one they missed is another college one that is offensive to me. It is the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. If we are going to start making teams change their names lets include that one as well.

  • http://www.batman-news.org/ Bruce Wayne

    NY Yankees should be first on the list. And I agree any team named after Indians should change immediately. Indians have a strong heritage of building casinos and losing battles, not being proud sports figures.

    • Robert1111111

      Most of these teams have a “proud” history of losing.

  • E.A. Castro

    Just so we are on the same page, the reason the Washington Football team is being targeted for a name change is because it is a DEROGATORY term for American Indian. Names like “the Braves” or the “Indians” or “seminoles” are not derogatory in nature. The washington name is akin to using the N word for a basketball team’s name.

    • 700Level

      So, Native Americans who choose to have the name Redskins as their high school’s nickname are what exactly? Self-hating Native Americans?
      The fact is that there has been no general outcry from Native Americans whatsoever. There are exactly 6 people attached to this lawsuit.
      Stop believing the mainstream media and get the facts before you go on the internet and spread your ignorance.

      • vonholland
      • The Right is the wrong way

        You know, not that several organizations run by Native Americans have spoken out against the team name or anything.

  • nittfagm

    This may have already been mentioned, but the Utah team shouldn’t even be in this discussion. “Utes”, as many may already know, is just a misspelling and mispronunciation of the word “youths”. This was WELL DOCUMENTED in the movie
    “My Cousin Vinnie”.

  • vonholland

    I think the redskins logo is the classiest in sports n obviously a tribute to noble people. So stfu

  • Chudleigh

    The Pope, of all people, has weighed-in by demanding the Padres name be changed.
    The name team use of the name is offensive to people of faith. But then again, just about everything is offensive to people of faith.
    Might I suggest the Padres be renamed the Losers.

  • Thomas Ratcliff

    man is all this the biggest bunch of stupid crap I have ever heard of .if it offend you then don’t watch it don’t buy it don’t sell it if you own a store if d then work on it as a team
    this is all that people have to worry about they need to get off the butt’s and find a job then they will have to worry about getting to work on time and what the will take in there lunch or if they will take a lunch or go out and eat,People the just sports teams names this is not life or death .every one can not be happy all the time for you to be happy while making others happy will never work .learn what really matters in life and work on it as a team

  • WAR EAGLE

    here is a thought- supose dave Chappelle bought the team and changed it to the Washington Niggers. Would any black people be offended?

    • darthgidget

      I like the Washington Thieves. It can be applied to most of the population of DC, including the government.

  • Mikeyoung6

    Forcing people to do things is not the American way.

  • IVDAD

    Lets force the Redskins to change their name to the true people of Washington DC. The logo could be Harry Reid with a football in his mouth and the new name of the ‘Elitist A$$holes”.

  • Eric Jackson

    Well first of all I am for the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and I know
    plenty of my fellow natives are quite offended by this. But I also have
    native friends who it doesn’t seem to bother. Many natives who don’t
    find it offensive are usually trying to negate the word like black
    people have tried to do with nigger. There is another whole segment of
    the native population that have become so assimilated that they don’t
    realize that this is not honoring someone or a group of people. I myself
    think it is a travesty that people in this day and age would think that
    it is ok to use a racial slur as a mascot and shame on you if you do.
    But if you want to be that ignorant to tell me that I should be honored
    by this slur then there truly is no hope for you to better yourself as a
    human being. It’s not about being offended, I shouldn’t have to explain
    that a racial slur as a team mascot is offensive, because it should be
    common sense to anybody with half a brain and even just an ounce of
    compassion that this is wrong. It’s about doing what’s right, and
    correcting one wrong amongst a very long list of wrongs that have been
    committed against Native Americans the past 500 years. And one last
    thing, the Seminole nation fully endorses Florida State using their name
    as the mascot, and you know what? That’s ok if they don’t find it
    offensive. I find it offensive, but I’m not Seminole so who am i to tell
    a group of people how they should feel? See how easy that was to do? I
    don’t like it but they do, so I will just shut up then!

    • jon parry

      I am not a Native American but as I understand this issue the reason the term Redskins is derogatory is it came from the act of bounty hunters who were paid by the US Government for scalping Native Americans to count how many they killed so they could be paid.

  • Crimefighter

    what about the lickmybum’s?

  • klop7890

    “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me.” Anyone who is overly sensitive about a sprots team name should go to sensitivity classes to learn how to get over it.

  • Bogart65

    If “Redskins” is such a racially charged term, why can it be said on TV and radio, yet all the PC pussies continue to always just say” the n-word” this and that? Guess it isn’t even close to being the same thing. I’m so sick of all those pussy libtards ruining the world.

  • Tracy Wassman

    Did anyone bother to read the blurbs attached to each picture- some of the names are used with the permission of the tribe referenced and they really should be left alone. Besides how can we teach children tolerance for others if we keep putting some much stock in words? I am part Native American and I find none of these names offensive. If it is such a problem why has it only come up now? If it is such a problem why didn’t AIM or one of the other Native movements protest earlier? There are worse things then being called a redskin.

  • Bogart65

    Another thing… This story is sooo fucking stupid. Tribute to a tribe, or tribal position has no racial charge even possibly being raised. What a waste of space. The writer needs to get his head outta his ass.

  • namvet

    After decades of the team being called redskins, why all of a sudden is the name offensive?

  • Cliff Hatfield

    People seem to look all over for something to be “offended” by. How about this , back up three steps get a running start and get over your self.

  • tytl

    How about the Patriots. That is certainly offensive to left wingers. Imagine a name that glorifies the founding of the US. It just isn’t right.

  • djh

    I am a member of PETA and I find all the teams with animal names truly offensive. This is not right, and congress or someone in power should correct it. Just think about the poor Panthers, Tigers, Lions, Bears….Do I need go on?

    • michael

      No because that’s stupid and childish and not even slightly funny.

      • djh

        Michael…ever hear of the okie doke? LOL.

      • darthgidget

        so it is stupid and childish if you complain about a name that you don’t agree with. I get it. talk about childish.

  • michael

    No matter what the weird cult of defending the racial slur “Redskins” can come up with, there is only one sports name that is, on its face, a racial slur. That is Redskins. Lots of people might be offended by other Indian names in particular, but none is an actual racial insult like “Redskins;” although “Chief” can be used as a put-down no one is clamoring for its removal. The name should be changed for one reason and one reason is all that is needed – because it’s the right thing to do.

  • choomster

    Well, with the PC POLICE state under the community organizer, this is not unexpected is it?

  • theegreatrandini

    Political correctness is asinine. The government has NO business in this issue!

  • Frank Szabo

    Perhaps if these horrid, non-PC entities were forced to use numbers instead of names, …
    [/sarcasm]

  • Steve Taylor

    Redskins has a long history as a racial slur, the other team names do not.

    • darthgidget

      How about the UNC Tarheels- like tar baby- racist.

  • Grykon

    Change the name to the Washington Liberals. The only people who can be offended by that name would be the people who are getting free game tickets from the government.

  • kevinh1

    Every one of those names was chosen, most for the ferocity and courage they attribute to the NAs they describe, some simply because the fans who support them wanted it that way. Offense was not their intent, their intent was to honor the fighting spirit of NAs by embodying their names. To suggest that they should be changed because some thin skinned product of the liberal education system is whining is ridiculous, and undermines the respect those names were chosen for. Ok, maybe the Redskins, but the rest deserve to stay.

  • richard carl

    this ia an absolute disgrace this country is in serious trouble and the bill will come due some day

  • Alan Drake

    BS List.

    The Seminoles, Utes and Chippewas each endorsed use of their name.

    Red Skins is like N*gger. Both are derogatory.