Sunday, September 29, 2013

Washington Football Team Clings to Racist Name

'Redskins' Controversy in Focus: 'Cruel Mockery of a Culture'

RACIAL EPITHET at Fedex Field: exceptionally offensive tradition.

Exceptional racism in the nation's capital….

The continued use of the Redskins nickname is clearly wrong, insensitive and inappropriate, a racial slur that reflects the dehumanizing of native Americans (and other oppressed minorities) by a white power structure that has historically used racism and bigotry to divide and rule. 

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The team name has been criticized by the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, which wrote in an open letter to the team's president in 2000:
The team's name and logo are blatantly derogatory. "Redskin," as you must know, is a racial slur, invoking a sad history of U.S. treatment of Native Americans. The team's logo, an attempt to evoke the proud warrior spirit of Native American culture, is a cruel mockery of a culture all but destroyed.
The letter cited a 1992 resolution passed by the Conference of American Rabbis that called on the Washington Redskins to change their team name.